FLORIDA:BRISTOL-MYERS TO LOCATE CAPABILITY CENTER IN TAMPA

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Office of the Governor of Florida and received via
electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
July 18, 2013 
GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMPANY TO LOCATE
NORTH AMERICA CAPABILITY CENTER IN TAMPA AREA 
Hillsborough County facility will create 579 life sciences jobs 
TAMPA, Fla.- Today, Governor Rick Scott announced Bristol-Myers
Squibb’s plans to locate a North America Capability Center and
create 579 life sciences jobs in Tampa. The 70,000-square-foot
facility will be located in Hillsborough County, and will open
in January 2014 with approximately 250 employees. The company
will add more than 325 additional jobs supporting scientific and
technical activities at the site by 2017. 
Governor Rick Scott said, “Bristol-Myers Squibb’s decision to
open this new facility in Tampa and create 579 jobs is great
news for Florida families. Since taking office, my focus has
been on job creation and turning Florida’s economy around. We
have worked tirelessly to improve the state’s business climate
by removing cumbersome regulations and taxes, and strengthening
our workforce. Announcements like this from Bristol-Myers Squibb
show that companies are taking notice of our economic turnaround
and that it’s working in Florida.” 
Around the world, Bristol-Myers Squibb’s medicines help millions
of patients in their fight against such diseases as cancer,
cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS,
psychiatric disorders and rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally,
their philanthropic programs have given new hope to some of the
world’s most vulnerable communities and the preservation of
natural resources represents one of their key commitments. 
“We are pleased to locate our North America Capability Center in
Hillsborough County,” says Gareth Morgan, senior vice president,
Bristol-Myers Squibb. “We evaluated many locations and
considered many factors before deciding that Florida was the
best state for our new facility. We specifically selected
Hillsborough County for several reasons, including its talented
work force, strong university presence, the Tampa Bay region’s
business climate, economy and quality of life, and availability
of the necessary logistics and office facilities.” 
Over the past decade, Florida has leapt ahead of the competition
to establish itself as the new location for life sciences
innovation and industry growth. Florida is now home to world
renowned biomedical research institutes; nearly 1,000 biotech,
pharmaceutical and medical device companies; and a foundation of
more than 44,000 healthcare establishments. 
“We are thrilled that Bristol-Myers Squibb has chosen to open
their new center in Florida,” said Secretary of Commerce and
President & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Gray Swoope. “This
announcement signals that Florida has the resources necessary to
support the operations of the biggest companies in the world.
Our state is a perfect fit for Bristol-Myers Squibb, thanks to
our exceptional life sciences industry, growing workforce and
modern infrastructure.” 
The Tampa Bay region is gaining in global reputation as a
growing hub for research and development in life sciences thanks
to collaborative partnerships between West Central Florida
colleges and universities, and emerging private industries. Over
600 life sciences companies employing more than 13,200 workers
operate in Tampa. Additionally, 14 percent of Florida’s biotech
companies and 22 percent of its pharmaceutical and medicine
manufacturing workforce call the area home. 
“The Tampa Bay Partnership is pleased to welcome Bristol-Myers
Squibb to our region,” said Stuart Rogel, President & CEO of the
Tampa Bay Partnership. “Their choice of Tampa Bay is a testament
to the steadfast collaboration of our eight-county region to
attract global companies in the life sciences and pharmaceutical
sectors. Furthermore, it is proof that Tampa Bay has the
regional assets necessary to support the operations of these
global industry leaders.” 
“Bristol-Myers Squibb is one of the strongest, most innovative
biopharmaceutical companies in the world,” said David Pizzo,
Chair of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation
and Market President, West Florida Region for Florida Blue,
Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company. “With the creation
of high-wage jobs and the attraction of high-value professionals
in the life sciences industry, a project of this magnitude has
the ability to impact economic growth in Hillsborough County for
years to come.” 
The project was made possible through strong partnerships
between Enterprise Florida, Hillsborough County Board of County
Commissioners, Tampa Bay Partnership, Tampa Hillsborough
Economic Development Corporation, Workforce Florida, Inc. and
Department of Economic Opportunity. 
“The addition of these 579 jobs is great news for families in
Hillsborough County, as well as for students interested in
pursuing careers in the life sciences,” said Department of
Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio.
“Bristol-Myers Squibb’s locating in the Tampa Bay area is
further evidence that Governor Scott’s pro-growth policies and
business-friendly approach are helping to create high-quality
private-sector jobs throughout Florida.” 
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