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[i]For one thing, said Pomrehn, the center is only "95 percent complete." For another, with an immediate operational budget of about $50,000 to worry about, funding goals were not being met. "We cannot hope to break even if we just depend on people walking through the door," he said.
The space center cost $10 million to build, plus many millions more spent on the exhibits.
To energize the center, Pomrehn wants to a) revitalize the Foundation, whose major functions will include fundraising, strategic (and even tactical) advice on target audiences and programming, and develop a multi-tier membership structure that will see lifetime members, various degrees of sponsorships, etc., together with the appropriate by-laws; and 2) make sure that all the fifth graders in the area get to visit the center and experience its eye-popping science-and-space-oriented exhibits and programs.[/i]
[i]A $700,000 federal grant to "expand and enhance the use of state-of-the-art multimedia technology" at the Columbia Memorial Space Center will be spent over several phases, according to documents provided to the City Council.
The first phase calls for the [URL=http://www.thedowneypatriot.com/view/full_story/8737412/article-9-screen-media-wall-part-of-Space-Center-plans?instance=pierce_left_column]construction of a nine-screen media wall[/URL] on the space center's first floor, next to the elevator. The theater on the second floor, known as "Lab 2," will also be reconfigured and upgraded, assistant deputy city manager Scott Pomrehn wrote in a staff report.[/i]
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