Dennis Frenchman lead this award winning regional project in 1983. The plan established the first statewide system of heritage areas, organized by cultural region, with sites in fourteen cities. Each of the areas encompassed a unique urban environment and natural features preserving themes of New York history and culture. Within these areas state funding and regulations are prioritized towards preservation, education, recreation and economic development. The parks include sites like South Street Seaport in New York City and Rochester’s Brown’s Race district, which have expanded over the years contributing to urban vitality and identity of their cities.