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Section 2: Statement of Qualification

This section will introduce the reviewers to your byway. You will be asked to provide a description of your byway from the "big picture" point of view and within the context of your description, include information on the following:

  1. Theme. You will be asked to provide a brief description of the unifying theme you plan to use to promote your byway. Please note that this should relate to the Intrinsic Quality(s) for which the route is being nominated. Does your theme reflect the central focus of your byway's nomination story?

    The theme statement should help you test your ideas by distilling them into a few sentences; help you better organize and develop your argument; and provide reviewers with a "guide" to your argument later in the application for designation as one of America's Byways®. As such, a strong thematic statement should justify further discussion that will be found in your narrative; expresses one main idea; and be specific. You should be succinct and include all of these elements; reviewers are not looking for a lengthy description here, but a strong thematic statement that will set the tone for the rest of your application.

  2. Traveler Experience. You will be asked to provide an overview of what visitors will experience when they drive the route. Note that you will have the opportunity to create a traveler itinerary later in the Visitor Experience section of the nomination application. As such, please provide a snapshot in words describing the overall travel experience visitors can expect to encounter. Use this description to establish the experience a traveler will have navigating your byway. For All-American Road applicants, part of the overall experience should include the road as being a destination unto itself such that travelers' would go there as a primary reason for their trip. Provide a sense of how the experience unfolds as visible features, byway stories or important resources which together form the core quality of your corridor. Reviewers will depend on this overview description to form their impressions of the travel experience along the entire byway. Will reviewers want to drive the road after reading your description? Will they believe it is a regionally or nationally significant drive? Is the byway ready for travelers?

  3. Regional Significance (National Scenic Byway). If you decide to apply for designation as a National Scenic Byway, you will be asked to explain and justify what is special, significant or unique about your byway in relation to the primary Intrinsic Quality for which you are nominating the road (i.e., attributes your byway has that others may not possess) and why it is regionally significant to a geographic area encompassing two (2) or more States (essentially how it compares to other roads in your region). The reviewers will carefully examine the evidence you submit in their consideration of the significance of your primary Intrinsic Quality. Reviewers will expect to see clear statements about the significance of the byway's primary Intrinsic Quality and that the nomination presents conclusive documentation supporting the claims made.

    Prior to beginning the online nomination application process, applicants should conduct research on the existing America's Byways® collection. Please see a list of America's Byways® and the intrinsic qualities for which they were designated at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/scenic_byways/nominations/docs.cfm. Applicants are also encouraged to review the information about the America's Byways® collection provided on this website so that you can assess and contrast the regionally significant attributes and qualities possessed by roads near the one you propose to designate.

  4. National Significance (All-American Road). If you decide to apply for designation as an All-American Road, you will be asked to explain and justify what is special, significant or unique about your byway in relation to the two (2) primary Intrinsic Qualities for which you are nominating the road (i.e., attributes your byway has that others may not possess) and why they are nationally significant. The reviewers will carefully examine the evidence you submit in their consideration of the significance of your primary Intrinsic Qualities.

    Remember that to be considered for All-American Road designation, the road or highway must be considered a destination unto itself and provide an exceptional traveling experience so recognized by travelers that they would make a drive along the highway a primary reason for their trip.

    Prior to beginning the online nomination application process, applicants should conduct research on the existing America's Byways® collection. Please see a list of America's Byways® and the intrinsic qualities for which they were designated at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/scenic_byways/nominations/docs.cfm. Applicants are also encouraged to review the information about the America's Byways® collection provided on this web site so that you can assess and contrast the nationally significant attributes and qualities possessed by roads near the one you propose to designate.

In preparing your Statement of Qualification, please keep in mind that the reviewer may not be familiar with your proposed route or geography and that this will be their first introduction to your byway. Character limitations have been imposed on this section of the application to encourage you to provide a concise overview of your byway and justification for why your route should be considered for national designation.

Please note that multi-jurisdiction applicants will be asked to coordinate information for this section of the application with the other jurisdictions seeking designation and will be asked to provide consistent information. For multi-jurisdiction nomination applicants seeking designation as a National Scenic Byway, applicants will be asked to cite the same primary intrinsic quality as the other jurisdictions seeking designation. For multi-jurisdiction nomination applicants seeking designation as an All-American Road, applicants will be asked to cite one same primary intrinsic quality and will have the opportunity to cite a second intrinsic quality specific to their segment of the byway.

Updated: 09/03/2013
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