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                       One Hundred Sixth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America

                          AT THE FIRST SESSION

         Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,
   the sixth day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine

                                 An Act

    To authorize the Gateway Visitor Center at Independence National 
                Historical Park, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,


    This Act may be cited as the ``Gateway Visitor Center Authorization 
Act of 1999''.


    (a) Findings.--The Congress finds the following:
        (1) The National Park Service completed and approved in 1997 a 
    general management plan for Independence National Historical Park 
    that establishes goals and priorities for the park's future.
        (2) The general management plan for Independence National 
    Historical Park calls for the revitalization of Independence Mall 
    and recommends as a critical component of the Independence Mall's 
    revitalization the development of a new ``Gateway Visitor Center''.
        (3) Such a visitor center would replace the existing park 
    visitor center and would serve as an orientation center for 
    visitors to the park and to city and regional attractions.
        (4) Subsequent to the completion of the general management 
    plan, the National Park Service undertook and completed a design 
    project and master plan for Independence Mall which includes the 
    Gateway Visitor Center.
        (5) Plans for the Gateway Visitor Center call for it to be 
    developed and managed, in cooperation with the Secretary of the 
    Interior, by a nonprofit organization which represents the various 
    public and civic interests of the greater Philadelphia metropolitan 
        (6) The Gateway Visitor Center Corporation, a nonprofit 
    organization, has been established to raise funds for and cooperate 
    in a program to design, develop, construct, and operate the 
    proposed Gateway Visitor Center.
    (b) Purpose.--The purpose of this Act is to authorize the Secretary 
of the Interior to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Gateway 
Visitor Center Corporation to construct and operate a regional visitor 
center on Independence Mall.


    (a) Agreement.--The Secretary of the Interior, in administering the 
Independence National Historical Park, may enter into an agreement 
under appropriate terms and conditions with the Gateway Visitor Center 
Corporation (a nonprofit corporation established under the laws of the 
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) to facilitate the construction and 
operation of a regional Gateway Visitor Center on Independence Mall.
    (b) Operations of Center.--The Agreement shall authorize the 
Corporation to operate the Center in cooperation with the Secretary and 
to provide at the Center information, interpretation, facilities, and 
services to visitors to Independence National Historical Park, its 
surrounding historic sites, the City of Philadelphia, and the region, 
in order to assist in their enjoyment of the historic, cultural, 
educational, and recreational resources of the greater Philadelphia 
    (c) Management-Related Activities.--The Agreement shall authorize 
the Secretary to undertake at the Center activities related to the 
management of Independence National Historical Park, including, but not 
limited to, provision of appropriate visitor information and 
interpretive facilities and programs related to Independence National 
Historical Park.
    (d) Activities of Corporation.--The Agreement shall authorize the 
Corporation, acting as a private nonprofit organization, to 

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