Monday, February 4, 2013

West Palm Beach fights for Florida State University's Digital Media Campus and Program

West Palm Beach fights for Florida State University's Digital Media Campus and Program



West Palm Beach is putting on a full-court press to ensure anyone deciding the fate of the Florida State University Digital Media program understands that taking the program out of West Palm Beach will sacrifice jobs, economic opportunity, and put an end to the creation of a new industry cluster in the state of Florida.

Following media reports of a meeting held earlier in the week, city officials confirmed that Tuesday a delegation from the city traveled to Naples, Florida to meet with Ed Morton. Morton is one of three Florida Board of Governors members examining the FSU program.

The delegation included West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, Executive Director of the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Kim Briesemeister, and West Palm Beach City Attorney Claudia McKenna.

“We’ve invested in this program.  We know the impact it will have on Florida’s economy. We remain prepared to continue to invest in it. With Digital Domain out of the way and our land back in our hands, we have been moving ahead.  There are several companies that have clearly said they want to be a part of the industry cluster we are building,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio.

“This program means jobs and economic opportunity for Florida.  The opportunity to create an entirely new industry cluster in the state should be encouraged, and we want to make sure anyone weighing the fate of the FSU program understands what is at stake,” added Muoio.

Mayor Muoio and other city leaders have been contacting several other members of the Florida Board of Governors, as well as Governor Rick Scott.  The city is planning on sending a delegation to Tallahassee next week to meet with several individuals. Members of the Board of Governors are also scheduled to meet next Friday in Orlando to discuss the FSU program.

“We will go to all four corners of the state if we have to,” said Muoio. “I intend to fight to keep the jobs here in Florida. I intend to fight to keep the program.”


McGrath & Spielberger founding attorney Jason A. McGrath is a graduate of Florida State University, with a Minor in Spanish, a BS in International Affairs, a BS in Political Science, and Doctorate of Jurisprudence. He was an Assistant State Attorney in West Palm Beach, Florida for 5 years, serving the citizens of Palm Beach County, and continues to practice law in Florida.




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