Deep River Heritage Corridor, Inc (a 501(c)3 organization development)
DRHC will serve as the coordinating agency for all projects within the corridor to ensure that the overall concept of the corridor is maintained. In addition, the organization will oversee the operation of the Franklinville Manufacturing Company museum.
While DRHC will oversee the overall concept of the project, the community development aspects and the preservation of the natural landscapes throughout the corridor must be handled under a different organization plan. To ensure that these aspects are developed in the most appropriate manner for each community, DRHC will facilitate the development of two additional steering groups:
Deep River Communities Coalition Initially, through a series of "visioning sessions", the steering committee is developing a clearly identified overall concept plan for the corridor. This overall concept plan will then become the basic framework that will be used for each community to identify their individual part of the overall "story" within the corridor and create their own development plans. DRHC will work with the coalition and the involved communities to facilitate the implementation of each community's redevelopment plan.
Natural Resources Conservation Coalition The Project is already working with the Piedmont Land Conservancy in identifying sensitive wetlands, endangered eco-systems and preservation environments within the corridor. DRHC will assist Piedmont Land Conservancy and the surrounding communities in coordinating efforts to identify and preserve those areas as greenways, linear parks and nature preserves. This will add to the integrity of the corridor experience, as well as provide opportunities for both land/water conservation and natural resource protection planning.
Corridor Survey Project The first step in the development of the Deep River National Heritage Corridor will be a comprehensive land survey and heritage/natural resources inventory that will allow for strategic plans to be developed for heritage site preservation, land acquisition and boundary delineation of the corridor
Corridor Master Plan Development Using the information from the survey project, a comprehensive 10 year Development Master Plan will be created for the Deep River Heritage Corridor which will allow for sustainable growth of the corridor while maintaining the integrity of the cultural and heritage story on which the corridor is based.
Deep River Communities Development Master Plans DRHC will work with communities along the corridor to assist in the development of strategic plans for overall community restoration and redevelopment. DRHC will also provide assistance in planning for funding for communities to implement their redevelopment master plans.
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