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Albany looks to cash in on downtown investment

December 20, 2003

Albany -- Two-hundred and ten million dollars, is the price tag on Albany's downtown      re-development project.  As construction wines down the city is taking the next step to ensure a big return on it's investment.

The Flint river aquarium and Albany Tomorrow have started to make plans on how new downtown attractions will be marketed. The city plans to spend thousands of dollars on advertising to entice tourist. "We want to reach out not only to the people in Albany, but also people in the other parts of Georgia and places like Florida," says Lakisha R. Bryant Communications Director for Albany Tomorrow Inc. "We want to encourage them to come to the attractions we will have in downtown like the Flint aquarium and Imax theater,"says Bryant.

Not everyone is happy about the new development. Last week some downtown business owners filed an injunction to stop Albany Tomorrow's master plan. They say they were never asked for their input on the design.

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