Downturn hurts OMSI

The recession puts OMSI’s $500 million development and expansion plans on hold.

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In 2008, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry had expansion and development plans worth $500 million.

But falling revenues and cuts caused by the recession have put the plans on hold.

“When the economy turned, it slowed down our planning and we focused on the core operations of the museum,” [OMSI President Nancy Stueber] said recently, adding that customer service and the quality of exhibits are priorities now.

Still, Stueber believes that raising money will be easier once the economy improves. She thinks the planned addition of light rail and streetcar stops near the site in the next few years will aid OMSI’s development. And, she said, the expansion remains part of OMSI’s long-range plans.

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