Florida Bound?

Science  14 Sep 2007:
Vol. 317, Issue 5844, pp. 1485d
DOI: 10.1126/science.317.5844.1485d

Germany's Max Planck Institute (MPI) is a big step closer to opening its first research center in the United States. This week, county commissioners in Palm Beach, Florida, unanimously supported the idea of selling $86.9 million in bonds as part of a $181.8 million incentive package to lure the institute. If the state kicks in its share, MPI will build a 9000-m2 bioimaging research facility on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter, next door to newly arrived Scripps Florida. “I've spent about 10 seconds considering this,” says Commissioner Jeff Koons. “[Then] I said, 'Go do it.' “MPI officials called the vote “an important steppingstone.”

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