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Rain forest turns 'Earthpark'

Monday, May 22, 2006

Developers of a proposed indoor rain forest on Wednesday announced they are partnering with German-based technology giant Siemens to build their project - the newly named "Earthpark."

Officials said the location for the $155 million project will be decided by mid-June, with Grinnell, Pella, Riverside and Tiffin vying to host the center.

A proposal to combine the project with the Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque is still an option, but officials consider it a fallback plan.

According to Earthpark officials, the center will generate more than $130 million annually into the local economy and create 150 permanent jobs.

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