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Warner-led law to create 19K jobs nationwide in 2021

Mark Warner
Mark Warner

The Great American Outdoors Act, a bill written by Sen. Mark Warner and passed into law last year, is set to create more than 18,851 jobs nationwide in 2021.

This according to new data released by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The law provides for up to $1.6 billion a year for five years to help address a multi-billion-dollar deferred maintenance backlog at national parks and other public lands.

Warner announced today that among the projects that will receive funding this year are overdue upgrades at three National Park Service sites in Virginia: the GW Memorial Parkway ($207.8 million in overdue upgrades); Colonial National Historical Park ($10 million in upgrades); and Skyline Drive ($26.2 million in upgrades), as well as additional repairs at Shenandoah National Park (to the tune of $3.5 million).

“Amid the COVID-19 crisis, this law will create thousands of jobs,” Warner said. “I’m proud that Virginia’s national park sites will finally be receiving crucial repairs that have been postponed for years. Future generations will reap the benefits of this once-in-a-lifetime investment in our national treasures.”

The Great American Outdoors Act is a product of Sen. Warner’s effort of more than three years to provide relief to national parks in Virginia, where the overall maintenance backlog currently sits at $1.1 billion dollars.

A previously released estimate found that the law is expected to create or support more than 10,000 jobs in Virginia over the life of the bill.

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