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Aquarium wants to carry its weight

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  The Flint Riverquarium hopes to become less dependant on public money within the next couple of years. 

Riverquarium CEO Scott Loehr told county commissioners Monday the attraction is doing better at fundraising and developing programs to attract more visitors.

 He's hopeful the Riverquarium can decrease the amount of money it needs from the city and county within the next 24-months as it moves to become self-sufficient. 

"We've not come back asking for any additional funding from either city or county which is a sign of stabilization which has always been the first step that we've pledged in this process to become less dependant on public funding," Loehr said.

Revenues are down when it comes to admissions. That, in turn, leads to fewer revenues from concessions by patrons.

The Riverquarium hopes to attract more visitors by offering new exhibits and educational programs.

They are also about to consolidate several departments with another non-profit to hopefully save money.


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