Wiles on board

Skaneateles native and businessman appointed to the Federal Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission, the managing entity for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, announced the appointment of Peter Wiles Jr. of Skaneateles, to its 27 member Federal Commission.

Wiles was officially sworn in at the Nov. 16, Federal Commission meeting, which was held at the River Stone Manor in Glenville. Wiles was nominated and appointed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne.

Wiles is the President of Mid-Lakes Navigation Co., Chair for the Canal New York Marketing and Business Alliance, a sponsor and participant in the World Canal Conferences, a member on the planning committee for the New York State Canals Conference and active member in the local Chamber of Commerce. As a result, he has earned a solid reputation in the business community for his commitment to revitalizing profitability and revenue for canal communities and businesses through tourism and recreation.

"Wiles comes to the Commission with a strong background in tourism and marketing, which will be beneficial to the Erie Canalway," said Frank Dean, Executive Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. "His leadership and devotion to bringing economic revitalization to Corridor communities are exactly what the Commission is looking for in its members. We are confident that Mr. Wiles will make a lasting contribution to our program."

"It is a great honor to be appointed to the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission," Peter Wiles said. "I look forward to working on the commission to help implement the recently approved Preservation and Management plan."

About the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission

In December 2000 Congress established the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor in recognition of the canal system's national significance to our nation's transportation and commerce history. Congress and the Governor of New York nominate the 27-member Federal Commission to the Secretary of Interior. The Commission provides for a citizen based management approach as the communities within the national heritage corridor seek to integrate economic development and civic vitality with preservation of the best of the Erie Canals' past, and enhance recreational and educational opportunities.

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is one of only 37 federally designated National Heritage Areas. Spanning 524 miles of the current New York State Canal System and original alignments, it encompasses 4,834 square miles in 23 counties and includes 234 communities immediately adjacent to the Erie, Oswego, Cayuga-Seneca, and Champlain Canals.

For more information on the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor program, please contact Frank Dean, Executive Director at (518) 237-7000 x 201 or visit www.eriecanalway.org.

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