County Board commits lodging tax dollars to RDC project

The Scotts Bluff County Commissioners Tuesday night approved spending $240,000 of lodging tax dollars over the next five years to help with the Riverside Discovery Center capital construction campaign. County Tourism Director Brenda Leisy recommended the expenditure, saying the county's tourism advisory committee was unanimous in their support of the project.

RDC Executive Director Anne James said the zoo is currently the #2 tourist attraction in the county and the support from the commissioners would assist in getting a $100% construction loan for the $3.2 million project from the four local banks. James says the county's support will provide confidence the community is behind the idea. The project calls for a combination of a children's museum, Wildlife World and the Riverside Zoo at one location.

James says the RDC has sold all but 200 pieces from the Wildlife World collection, but the remaining exhibits will be used in the display at the new Discovery Center. James says with the county's pledge, $1.5 million will have been raised or pledged for the proposal.

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