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MotorCities National Heritage Area deploys programming which preserves and promotes the automotive and labor heritage of our 10,000 square miles.

Program Missions:

To develop partnerships that support the preservation and revitalization of our auto heritage sites, neighborhoods, and communities, fostering pride and economic development around these resources.

Education & Interpretation
To create passion for and awareness of the connections between the automobile, the workers and the history of the industry in this region through educational partnerships and interpretive presentation.

Heritage Tourism
To package and promote the auto and labor heritage experiences presented across this region via the identification and development of partnerships that expand the heritage story.


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Brian Yopp, Director of Programs & Operations, MotorCities National Heritage Area

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Bob Sadler, Communications Manager, MotorCities National Heritage Area

Welcome to the MotorCities National Heritage Area’s pressroom.

Here, you will find our press releases, links to recent media coverage, answers to frequently asked questions and our media library.


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20th Anniversary Reunion Gala

It was an exciting night at MotorCities’ 20th Anniversary Reunion Gala event on August 22, 2018 at the historic and picturesque Packard Proving Grounds.

Guests enjoyed dinner, drinks, silent and live auctions, special guests including Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Congressman Paul Mitchell, and a program paying tribute to two decades of MotorCities’ success.

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2018 Michigan Auto Heritage Day & Awards of Excellence

On Thursday, December 6, the MotorCities National Heritage Area will celebrate its annual Michigan Auto Heritage Day and recognize nine finalists who have distinguished themselves in the areas of auto and labor heritage at the 2018 Awards of Excellence.

On that date at the Michigan State Capitol Rotunda, we will recognize nominees and winners in each of the three categories - preservation, education/interpretation and heritage tourism. 

The deadline for the 2018 Awards of Excellence nominations is Tuesday, October 30. Self-nominations are accepted.