Governor announces tourist project

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has something to say on Dec. 1 and Grant Countians are anxious to hear what it is.

According to a media release received at the News office on Nov. 30, Beshear, along with Ark Encounter LLC and Answers in Genesis will make a joint announcement about a major new tourist attraction in Northern Kentucky.

The announcement should end months of talk and speculation about a “big” development coming to Williamstown.

Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link is also scheduled to speak at the press conference.

Answers in Genesis (AIG) are builders of the Creation Museum in Boone County.

Last week in a press release Wade Gutman, executive director of the Grant County Industrial Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce, said his office, along with the city of Williamstown and Grant County Fiscal Court had been working on a “significant tourism development project.”

The project, according to an article in the Business Courier, could create 900 full and part-time jobs and will take three years to build. Speculation is that the project could be modeled after Ma Wan Park in Hong Kong, which features a replica of Noah’s Ark, which has five levels and a different theme on each level.

The proposed project will sit just off Interstate-75 and Ky. 36 on as much as 1,000 acres.
Representatives from the City of Williamstown and county will be at the press conference.



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