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Help keep the National Portrait Gallery in Ottawa. Relocating the gallery outside of the Ottawa area would put these national treasures at extreme risk. Keeping the National Portrait Gallery in Ottawa would eliminate the stated $2.5 million annual operating costs to ship artifacts outside the National Capital Region, as reported by Library and Archives Canada in the media. It is noted that the capitalized value (@ 5 per cent) of the reported annual additional operational costs of $2.5 million, over 25 years, would be $50 million and this amount alone would seem to far outweigh any potential capital contribution that might be offered by a developer in another City. Due to the concentration or cluster of national institutions that already exist in the Region, there are economies of scale that would be of benefit to a new Portrait Gallery. As part of a family of museums, it would benefit from destination marketing campaigns, programming synergies with federal and local cultural facilities as well as an extensive small business network available in the community that supports the museum sector such as artefact restoration services, translation services and historians. The centralization of our national museums allows the establishment of a viable and competitive local support industry that is an important component of Ottawa


Ottawa Museum Professionals in Support of the National Portrait Gallery http://www.facebook.com/group.phpgid=7086099827
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