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Niagara IDA awards cash to Discover Niagara Shuttle, Aquarium

The Discover Niagara Shuttle and the Aquarium of Niagara were approved Wednesday for cash from a tourism fund administered by the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.

The shuttle, which during the tourist season connects more than 15 stops between Niagara Falls and Youngstown, received a $25,500 grant for touchscreens in 10 locations to help tourists find where the shuttle goes and upgrades for a mobile app tracking arrival times.

The New York Power Authority has committed $500,000 to the shuttle for 2018 and 2019. The City of Niagara Falls gave $100,000 and Niagara County $70,000.

The Aquarium received $88,147 toward its planned $440,000 jellyfish gallery, which is expected to open by the end of this year.

The money comes from the state's Niagara Falls Tourism Target Zone Fund, which assists projects within two miles of Seneca Niagara Casino.

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