The Dorchester County Commissioners created the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area (HCCHA) office under the Tourism Department (with the Tourism Director serving as the Director) and also the HCCHA Local Management Board to fully pursue the preservation and economic development goals of the HCCHA Tourism Management Plan (2002). The HCCHA Management Board consists of eleven members: two County Council members, a representative from each of the six municipalities within HCCHA, and three community members at large.
The mission of the Board is to bring together designated representatives on a regularly scheduled basis for the purpose of “enhancing the ability to effectively preserve Dorchester County’s heritage, market and develop heritage tourism in the Dorchester County Certified Heritage Area and improve the economic health of the area.” Board meetings take place monthly and are advertised to the public. Specific responsibilities of Board members include regular attendance at meetings, service on committees as necessary and promotion of heritage tourism within Dorchester County.
In the autumn of 2006, the Local Management Board held a strategic planning session and developed an Action Plan for 2007-09 which reflects priorities for implementation from the 2002 HCCHA Tourism Management Plan.