Albany-- The state forked over $24.5 million dollars to pay for the Flint River Center. The building is a gift, but the money to operate the center and pay for the aquatic species has to come from donations.
Construction on the museum and aquarium is underway, and should be done by early next year. But the center can't open unless at least three million dollars is raised. That will not only pay for the exhibits, but the salaries of the employees.
Flint River Center Board members are starting to talk with philanthropic groups across the state to get their support. "Albany has a responsibility to answer to the state, who has given us the facility," said Flint River Partners' Emily Jean McAfee. "Now we have to get the donated dollars."
The first million dollars is slated to be raised by September first.