Preserve America is a federal initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our priceless cultural and natural heritage. The goals of the program include a greater shared knowledge about the nation’s past, strengthened regional identities and local pride, increased local participation in preserving the country’s cultural and natural heritage assets, and support for the economic vitality of our communities.
In 2007, the Little Italy community was designated as a Preserve America Community be First Lady, Laura Bush.
Since the Little Italy community was honored with this designation, the Little Italy Association of San Diego (LIA) wrote a federal grant to acquire match funding to create the Preserve Little Italy initiative
For more information about the designation, visit Preserve America – Little Italy.