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[i]Officials of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan have taken their pitch for government support of the proposed museum out from behind closed doors. To bolster their appeal, they have armed themselves with a study estimating that a museum focused on science and space exploration would draw hundreds of thousands of additional visitors to the city and create about 1,200 jobs. The study was commissioned by the museum.
On Friday, Matt Woods, a senior vice president of the Intrepid museum, spoke at a public forum in Harlem to ask a panel of economic development planners to make the Enterprise building a priority for state assistance. He said the project could be "catalytic" and could "reinforce the position of the entire state as a science and space destination."
Mr. Woods did not ask for a specific amount of help, but he said that the Intrepid hoped to "leverage public and private funds equally." Afterward, he said the estimated cost of the project was $85 million.[/i]
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