Mayor Buckhorn Statement on Florida Board of Governors Vote

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Tampa, Fla. (February 19, 2015) - Today, the Florida Board of Governors unanimously voted in favor of relocating the medical school and Heart Institute to downtown Tampa. The new facility will be located at the corner of Meridian Avenue and Channelside Drive, on land donated to the university by Mr. Vinik.

The City of Tampa and Community Redevelopment Agency have committed funding to restore the surrounding street grid and make needed infrastructure improvements to support the area’s redevelopment.

Following today’s vote, Mayor Bob Buckhorn released the following statement:

“Today, thanks to the support of the Florida Board of Governors, we can say with confidence that the University Of South Florida Morsani School Of Medicine and the USF Heart Institute will call downtown Tampa home.

“This is a big, bold collaboration. It takes imagination, public and private financial commitment, and tenacity to see a vision as dynamic as this through to fruition. And, it’s because of the University of South Florida’s continued commitment to academic excellence that building them a new facility with immediate access to Tampa General Hospital and our urban core is the right choice.

“In only a few years, USF teachers, researchers, and students will join thousands of residents and tens of thousands of office workers in downtown Tampa – walking to and from the office, enjoying dinner or drinks along the waterfront, walking along the Riverwalk, and so much more.”