- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Board of Governors unanimously endorsed the University of South Florida’s proposed $153 million downtown medical education and research center.

The Tampa Bay Times reports (https://bit.ly/1DFc91A) that the Board of Governors endorsed a key part of the state funding needed for the project.

The board, which oversees the State University System, essentially recommended that the Florida Legislature give USF the first $17 million payment for the project this session. USF will need the rest of the $57 million over the next two years.

The BOG has already approved funding a heart institute, and that $50 million will be combined with the $57 million for the medical school to build one downtown office tower to hold both.

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