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Rainforest Leader Says the Project is Still Alive
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February 1, 2006
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Oman says they've heard from a number of cities still interested in taking part in the project.Oman says they've heard from a number of cities and developers including Dubuque, Pella, Grinnell, and Tiffin and expect to hear from two or three more. And by the end of the day they'd also gotten a report from Riverside, where a new casino is under construction and some promoters have said an indoor rainforest would be just the family attraction to add to it.
He adds that a number of people have been positive about having it in Des Moines, including Mayor Cownie. Oman says "He gets it, he understands the project celebrates education and the environment," though he can't say what city leaders might say about Des Moines vying to get the rain forest.
Oman says the indoor rain forest will be one of the country's largest "green buildings," powered by alternative and renewable sources of energy. He says there'll be a lot of environmental content inside and outside, all aimed at bringing a million visitors to its site in Iowa and he figured it'll "kick up" 150-Million dollars a year in economic activity. Oman says it'll create "something that's our Gateway Arch, or our Space Needle," that'll bring people to stop in Iowa instead of leaving us "fly-over country."
Late last year, the city of Coralville said it would look for another use for a plot of land that had been considered for the Rain Forest, but Oman says it's still among the contenders.