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PUBLIC LAW 105-355—NOV. 6, 1998 112 STAT. 3247 Public Law 105-355 105th Congress An Act To authorize the Automobile National Heritage Area in the State of Michigan, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, TITLE I—AUTOMOBILE NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA OF MICHIGAN SEC. 101. SHORT TITLE. This title may be cited as the "Automobile National Heritage Area Act". SEC. 102. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. (a) FINDINGS. —The Congress finds that— (1) the industrial, cultural, and natural heritage legacies of Michigan's automobile industry are nationally significant; (2) in the areas of Michigan including and in proximity to Detroit, Dearborn, Pontiac, Flint, and Lansing, the design and manufacture of the automobile helped establish and expand the United States industrial power; (3) the industrial strength of automobile manufacturing was vital to defending freedom and democracy in 2 world wars and played a defining role in American victories; (4) the economic strength of our Nation is connected integrally to the vitality of the automobile industry, which employs millions of workers and upon which 1 out of 7 United States jobs depends; (5) the industrial and cultural heritage of the automobile industry in Michigan includes the social history and living cultural traditions of several generations; (6) the United Auto Workers and other unions played a significant role in the history and progress of the labor movement and the automobile industry; (7) the Department of the Interior is responsible for protecting and interpreting the Nation's cultural and historic resources, and there are significant examples of these resources within Michigan to merit the involvement of the Federal Government to develop programs and projects in cooperation with the Automobile National Heritage Area Partnership, Incorporated, the State of Michigan, and other local and governmental bodies, to adequately conserve, protect, and interpret Nov. 6, 1998 IH.R. 3910] Automobile National Heritage Area Act 16 USC 461 note [table].