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Visit Tri-Cities Celebrates Manhattan Project Historical National Park Signing

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KENNEWICK, WA - Visit Tri-Cities held a celebration on the Manhattan Project Historical National Park Signing Thursday. It was held at the 46th annual Meeting and Tourism Showcase at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

Tourism in the Tri-Cities brings in more than $410 million to our local economy each year and designating the park at Hanford will bring even more people and money.

The president and CEO of Visit Tri-Cities says this was a long time coming and they are excited about the new park.

"Manhattan Project Historical Park, I think Senator Cantwell said it well, when she said it took 11 months to build the B reactor, yet it took us 11 years to be able to actually get it to be a national park. So we got a lot of people that have worked very very hard to make that happen and we are so pleased," says Kris Watkins, President & CEO of Visit Tri-Cities.

The Tourism Showcase was also themed after the 1940's era Manhattan Project with more than 50 booths and displays from local businesses and tourism attractions.

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