Officials with Thronateeska and the Flint Riverquarium have just announced they will consolidate resources to save operating dollars.
The two will help stretch their budgets, by merging three areas: facilities management, accounting, and education.
This is such a good idea for many important reasons.
- City and County budgets are tight as well, and continued support may not be there.
- Contributions from individuals are down due to the economy, and from negative population growth.
- With several plant closings, contributions from many Industries are down or gone completely.
- These attractions share the same approximate location, and all need to pitch for attendance as a unit, not as individuals.
- They all share the same needs for a strong board of directors, help with grant writing, fund raising events, marketing themselves, and hosting monthly and quarterly education events.
We think other local attractions like: Chehaw, The Arts Council and the Civil Rights Museum, could benefit from this same type merging of resources.
At their press conference, the two directors said: "It's about providing the best product and services for the community." But equally important, is the fact that we just cannot afford to duplicate their expenses.