A Review of the S.C. National Heritage Corridor: A Program of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor is a federally-funded program administered by the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT). Its primary mission is to promote heritage tourism and economic revitalization in a 17-county region of South Carolina. Management of this program has undergone a number of changes since it began operations in 1996, and this report focuses on management and oversight issues since 2006. The management structure is somewhat unusual in state government because PRT has managed certain aspects of the program in conjunction with a nonprofit entity, the S.C. National Heritage Corridor. Nationally, there are 49 Heritage Corridor areas and most are managed directly by a nonprofit entity or a federal commission without state involvement.