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Arts/Culture

Governor Cuomo announces new National Comedy Center

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Governor Andrew Cuomo delivering his 2012 State of the State Address, Albany, NY

New York State has added to its tourism strategy. On Saturday, Governor Cuomo announced the groundbreaking of the new National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York.

The $45 million center will celebrate the history of comedy, the craft and its contributors. Comedic greats like Jerry Seinfield, Regis Philbin and Melissa Rivers will visit the hometown of legendary comedian Lucille Ball this weekend. They will be included in 40 events to celebrate construction of the new venue.

The new non-profit tourist attraction will include 3 buildings as part of its 28,000 square-foot campus. The project involves renovation of two historic buildings and construction of a 6,000 square-foot building. Construction will begin Spring 2016 with a targeted spring 2017 opening.

The National Comedy Center is anticipated to create 218 jobs, draw over 114,000 visitors each year and  generate over $23 million annually.