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      VT Arts Building to Spur Tourism Boost

      Blacksburg, VA - Blacksburg officials are hoping Virginia Tech's new Center for the Arts will spur arts-related growth in the downtown area.

      The $100 million center's public grand opening is set for this Friday.

      Downtown Blacksburg Incorporated director Laureen Blakemore says the arts center will draw more, and different, visitors to the town than Virginia Tech football games.

      The town council has taken several steps to prepare for the center's opening such as like speeding up road and sidewalk improvements and changing downtown zoning.

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