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Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. 

Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussions on renewing a contract with the non-profit Flint Riverquarium, Incorporated to manage the attraction, that expires in April.

Board members will review the current contract and come up with questions or suggested improvements that they'll talk about next month.      

"The conversation has typically been how do we save it, how do we save it, how do we save it? The conversation should be, how do we sustain it? How do we make it work?" said Tommy Gregors, Executive Director, Thronateeska Foundation.  

Leaders plan to see if there are ways to further integration of the Flint Riverquarium and Thronateeska Heritage Center to make the neighboring attractions more efficient.

They've had an operations agreement since 2009 to share staff. Recently, Thronateeska Executive Director Tommy Gregors also took over as the Chief Operating Officer at the Riverquarium.

Just this week, Albany city commissioners voted to give the RiverQuarium $150,000 to try to solidify its future.

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