Thursday, November 15, 2001

Levee event attracts politicians

Newport's new complex draws crowds

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — Less than two months after opening, the Newport on the Levee entertainment complex is drawing more than 25,000 visitors a week, a figure operators expect to increase as more attractions open.

        Local and state officials joined executives of Steiner & Associates, the developer, in dedicating the $210 million levee project Wednesday.

        Gov. Paul Patton said the project is a strong example of public and private partnerships.

        A state tourism tax sponsored by Kentucky state Rep. Jim Callahan, D-Wilder, helped make the project possible, according to Mr. Patton and Steiner executive vice president Barry Rosenberg.

        Developers of such projects can recoup up to 25 percent of the sales tax generated.

        Sixteen businesses, including Barnes & Noble Booksellers and the Firstar IMAX Theater, have opened.

        Another nine are set to open by spring.


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