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Project Organizers Vow to Continue Talks With Coralville



November 11, 2005

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AMANA, Iowa Organizers of an indoor rain forest project say they'll give one more shot at working a land deal in Coralville.

If that fails, they'll find another place to build their forest.

Board members of The Environmental Project decided today to continue talks to get 22 acres along Interstate 80.

But hours after that decision, city officials in Dubuque said they've already spoken with organizers about building the rainforest in their city.

That news bothered Coralville leaders, who called the organizers' actions in Dubuque inappropriate.

Wherever the rainforest is built, organizers predict it will become a major tourist attraction.

The project, estimated at 180 (m) million dollars, will include a four-and-a-half-acre indoor rain forest. Blueprints also call for building a one-million gallon aquarium, theater, teaching center and prairie.

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