Statement by Mayor Bob Buckhorn on University of South Florida Board of Trustees Vote to Relocate Medical School to Downtown Tampa

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Tampa, Fla. (December 4, 2014) - Mayor Bob Buckhorn released the following statement today following the University of South Florida Board of Trustees vote to seek funding to co-locate the Morsani College of Medicine and USF Heart Health Institute in downtown Tampa.

 “I applaud the University of South Florida’s Board of Trustees with their vote today to move forward with the relocation of the medical school and heart institute to downtown. Their vision for a signature USF presence in the urban core will pay dividends for decades.

 “Make no mistake that this is a bold step. Relocating to downtown Tampa gives USF an opportunity to be even more competitive in recruiting students, faculty, and researchers while enhancing the learning experience for its medical students. This is the right decision at the right time for USF and for Tampa."