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Two towns -- one dream: A goal to grow the economy

The Muensterberg Plaza and Clock Tower project encompasses an aggressive goal to grow the economy of Berne. When the clock tower is completed, it will immediately provide a landmark that will serve as the focal point for tourism and economic growth.

Paul Zuercher, clock tower steering committee member and co-chairman of the individual gifts division for the project, recently learned of another small American town that has successfully capitalized on an economic vision through tourism. The story of the rebirth of Leavenworth, Wash., began in the 1960s. Today the town is host to more than a million visitors a year and is known as Washington's Bavarian Village.

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