- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - An effort is underway to create a local museum featuring innovations developed in Champaign County.

The Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, the University of Illinois Research Park, the Champaign Park District and the Prairie Research Institute all are interested in the idea.

Jayne DeLuce, president and CEO of Visit Champaign County, presented the concept Wednesday during the bureau’s annual Toast of Tourism event at Parkland College, The (Champaign) News-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1zFRsmZ ) reported. But it’s still unclear whether the museum would be placed in a new location or serve as an expansion of the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum in downtown Champaign, she said.

DeLuce also outlined a few other projects that Visit Champaign County currently is working on.

The visitors bureau wants to establish a regional film office to attract filmmakers interested in shooting in or around the community. It also hopes to set up a walking tour of local sites that are important to black history or associated with jazz artists, as well as create signs guiding visitors to other attractions.

Travel and tourism is a $306 million industry in Champaign County, generating more than $5 million in local tax revenue, DeLuce said.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com


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