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February 18, 2008

Albany -- Dougherty County Commissioners visit to the Flint RiverQuarium may have resembled a school field trip, but they where there for business.

"One of the major reasons the commission came today was to see where the center was in turn of its growth and to understand the measuring stick if it is able to sustain itself at some point in time," said Dougherty County Commission Chairman, Jeff Sinyard.

And the commissioners liked what they saw. "Having come here today, it's getting better and better everyday. The exhibits are getting better. They are literally breeding their own animals," said Sinyard.

"They are literally introducing them into new exhibits. Today we've got people as far away as Covington, GA down here visiting our aquarium in Albany, GA."

With new exhibits and the building of the Aviary, the Flint RiverQuarium is expecting an attendance boost this year. "At least a 10 percent increase with these new additions to our program," said Flint riverQuarium CEO, Scott Loehr.

"The Dougherty County Commission partnership and that of the City of Albany has made a world of difference in the operations of the Flint RiverQuarium."

The RiverQuarium's new focus is primarily on education. "We can now focus on that much better than we did in the past when we worried about funding," said Loehr.

"Most of us have been here several times, but its like watching an old movie. You catch something new you hadn't seen before, and its pretty exciting," said Sinyard.

And that in turn will make this a location South Georgians will visit again and again.

Last year almost 74,000 people visited the Flint RiverQuarium. They hope to draw eight thousand more people this year with the completion of the aviary.

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