Florida Board of Governors, Gov. Crist Launch New Florida Initiative at USF

Tampa, FL (Jan. 28, 2009) – Florida Gov. Charlie Crist – joined by university leaders and members of the Florida Board of Governors – today endorsed a plan to rebuild the state’s economy into one based on high-tech knowledge and innovation, starting with an effort to secure $100 million in new funding for the state university system.


The New Florida initiative would emphasize the ability of Florida’s 11 state universities to be economic engines by increasing annual degree production and expanding research capabilities that will lead to new technologies, new patents and licensing agreements which create additional funding for education.


“Economic development, an innovation economy and a knowledge-based economy, that’s what the university system is all about - making sure that as we go forward, we prepare Florida for a diverse economic future,” Crist said.


To read details of the plan and its goals, visit http://www.flbog.edu/new_florida/



The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.