(KCPW News) Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker today recommended the City Council approve the issuance of a $10.2 million voter approved bond for The Leonardo. Becker made the recommendation at the conclusion of what Leonardo spokesperson Lisa Davis calls an extremely thorough review of the museum's revised business plan.
"They conducted an exhaustive review of all of our plans. Not only internally at the Mayor's office, but talked to a lot of people associated with The Leonardo, from donors and potential donors, to our board members, to our executive staff," says Davis. "They also brought in a very knowledgeable outside consultant who does these kinds of evaluations with museums all over the country."
That consultant wrote in her review of The Leonardo that the museum is "poised for success at a level unimaginable twelve months ago."
Now, the only barrier remaining between The Leonardo and the bond money is the approval of the Salt Lake City Council. Becker says the council is bound to have many questions, but says The Leonardo is now a stronger organization.
"Well, they have transformed their operation into one that is efficient, experienced, and has a vision and has shown the ability that, at least on paper, they can carry that out," says Becker. "They've brought in new leadership and their board is activated and motivated. They just appear to have all of the pieces to be able to be successful going forward."
Earlier this month The Leonardo concluded hosting the Body Worlds exhibit, which attracted an estimated 285,000 visitors.