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11 August 2006

JSU Unveils Detailed Plans
for Little River Canyon Center

On Monday, August 14, Fort Payne and community leaders will learn more about their new neighbor—Jacksonville State University’s Little River Canyon Center.  Long awaited by all who have been following its development, the project represents over a decade of fund raising, congressional support, input from local residents, and design by some of the nation’s most respected planners.

The Center will be built as a public facility that is centered around the Little River Canyon National Preserve, near the Highway 35 Bridge at the Cherokee and DeKalb County line. It will include a state of the art exhibit hall, meeting spaces, an education store, classrooms, and office space for the National Park Service.

The August 14th event will feature architectural renderings, floor plans, three dimensional models, building materials, a construction schedule and many of the partners who have made this project possible.

Speaking at the 11:30 event, which is scheduled to be held in the historic DeKalb Theatre, will be JSU President William A. Meehan, US Senator Jeff Sessions, Congressman Robert Aderholt, State Senator Lowell Barron, State Representative Richard Lindsey, Mayor Bill Jordan, County Commissioners Sid Holcomb and Brant Craig, John Bundy of the National Park Service at Little River Canyon and others.

“This will be a great occasion to roll out the details we’ve been waiting to see,” said Little River Canyon Field School Director Pete Conroy.  He continued, “We hope and expect that this project will bring economic development, education and a national model for partnerships that save our government money.”

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