On Sunday, the House-Senate Budget Conference Committee agreed to fund the construction of the new University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in downtown Tampa, including in the public education capital outlay (PECO) budget an allocation of $22.5 million for the project.
“The Tampa Bay Partnership applauds this milestone legislative action, which puts this important project another step closer to reality,” said Rick Homans, President & CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership. “Moving the USF medical school to downtown Tampa will impact the entire Tampa Bay region by elevating the school’s national rankings, attracting the highest quality professors and students, and strengthening our role as a leader in the life science industry.”
Funding for the medical school was identified as a key priority in the Tampa Bay Partnership’s 2016 legislative agenda, which supports issues of regional significance.
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