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Business Observer Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 10 years ago

Jackson Labs talks with USF

After withdrawing an application to build in Collier, officials begin new talks.

Officials with The Jackson Laboratory acknowledged yesterday that they had begun talks with “community and business leaders” in both Hillsborough and Sarasota counties about alternative locations for a Jackson Labs location in Florida.

Such a location had been planned for Collier County, until the Maine-based research organization withdrew its application for state funding earlier this month.

“We remain intensely interested in locating the facility in Collier County, and our partnership with USF Health is stronger than ever. However, other Florida communities may offer advantages for our new institute, and we are certainly open to discussions with them,” said Charles Hewett, Jackson's chief operating officer, in a statement.

Before withdrawing its application, Jackson sought $130 million in state funds and another $130 million in county money to build a facility that would initially employ 244 people. The Barron Collier Cos. had planned to donate 50 acres to the venture near Ave Maria, a new town it is developing in eastern Collier County.

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