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Date:12/19/2008

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Only Orlando and Dubai are creating medical cities on such a scale. More than $1 billion has already been invested in construction projects alone at the Orlando site, with commitments for another $1 billion. The Tavistock Group, a private investment company that owns Lake Nona, saw the opportunity early by donating 50 acres of land and $12.5 million to UCF for construction of the medical school.

"This development is a powerful demonstration of city, county and state governments partnering with an entrepreneurial public university for the public good," said UCF President John Hitt. "In a time of declining economic activity around the globe, Central Florida has a proven economic engine in the UCF College of Medicine and medical city."

In a letter about the study's findings, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist expressed his "enthusiasm for the recent success of the program and the strategic vision you are implementing to expand that success.

"It is my desire that all Floridians have access to quality healthcare," said Crist. "The university has made excellent use of assets available to you in the Orlando area - not the least of which being the world-class Lake Nona Medical City project."

The medical city partners are creating a unique collaboration that promises to make Orlando a world-known destination for medical care and research.

"History has shown that successful biotech hubs have at their core a medical school, which drives scientific exchange and the pursuit of knowledge," sai
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