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Business Observer Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 10 years ago

Jackson Labs withdraws app

The Maine-based lab may pursue offering a new application to Gov. Scott.

The Jackson Laboratory withdrew its application for state funding to build a genetics-research center in eastern Collier County, leaving open the possibility it might propose an alternative plan.

The Bar Harbor-based nonprofit research organization 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. planned to donate 50 acres to the venture near Ave Maria, a new town it is developing in eastern Collier County.

In a statement, Jackson officials say they will continue to explore a Florida expansion and said they plan to work with Gov. Rick Scott's administration to craft a new proposal.

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