- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - The city manager in Greensboro says changes will be needed to ensure the success of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported (https://bit.ly/1NDu7TT ) that city manager Jim Westmoreland told a civic club Wednesday that current operations cannot be sustained.

“I’m still concerned about the operational model of the museum,” Westmoreland said.

City council loaned $1.5 million to the museum in 2013. Westmoreland said that decision was a good one but he says more must be done.

Westmoreland says the museum’s business model has included private donations and tax credit financing, where investigators provide case in return for tax breaks. The museum also holds an annual dinner and has revenue from admission tickets and museum store purchases.

Museum board chair Deena Hayes-Greene said the panel is working on both short-term and long-range plans.

The city has promised to forgive the loan if the museum raised matching funds.

Westmoreland said he is anxious to see the most recent audit of museum finances. The museum must provide audits to the city under the terms of the loan.

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Information from: News & Record, https://www.news-record.com


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