USF Home for Senator Martinez's Expanded Gulf Coast Office

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 11, 2008) – The University of South Florida welcomes U.S. Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) to USF's Research Park in Tampa. He is expanding his Gulf Coast regional office which will be located in the USF CONNECT building.

"We think the senator has made an excellent choice," said USF President Judy Genshaft. "He recognizes as do so many others that USF is an integral part of the community in a great place to serve his constituents."

The senator’s Gulf Coast regional office serves the residents of Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee and Hardee counties.

"Having an office at the USF Tampa campus will provide better accessibility for people seeking assistance with federal issues," said Martinez. "I am excited to join the USF community and look forward to serving Gulf Coast residents at this location."

Senator Martinez’s Gulf Coast regional office provides residents with a local office to contact when seeking assistance with any issues or concerns they are facing with a federal agency or program.

The Gulf Coast Regional Office is located at 3802 Spectrum Boulevard, Suite 106, Tampa, Florida 33612-9220. The phone number is (813) 977-6450.

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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