SCF President Speaks Before Senate Committee About The DEAL

(Bradenton, Fla., February 7, 2011)  In response to an invitation from the Florida Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee, SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner traveled to Tallahassee February 7 to present information about The DEAL as a new and innovative way to create economic growth in Florida.

SCF recently announced a partnership with Schroeder-Manatee Ranch Inc., developer of the award-winning master-planned community of Lakewood Ranch, and workforce sponsor Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice, Florida’s largest community foundation, to develop the Design & Economic Acceleration Laboratory, a major collaboration initiative with a significant regional impact and focus on job creation, workforce development, economic growth and community prosperity. The DEAL will be located in Lakewood Ranch on University Boulevard near the county line.

Hafner said, “The invitation to testify before an important Senate committee signifies the legislators’ interest in our College’s direction while the Capitol forum acknowledges the role SCF plays in driving the economy.”

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