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Moffitt CEO Alan List, new chair of Tampa Hillsborough EDC, outlines goals for 2018

Dr. Alan F. List, CEO of Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center, now wears an economic development hat as the 2018 chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. [Special to the Times]
Dr. Alan F. List, CEO of Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center, now wears an economic development hat as the 2018 chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. [Special to the Times]
Published Oct. 18, 2017

Moffitt Cancer Center CEO Alan List was officially elected the 2018 chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. at the EDC's annual meeting held Tuesday night at the Amalie Arena. He endorsed a stronger pursuit of life science business for the region and praised ongoing efforts to raise the national spotlight on Tampa Bay.

The EDC, along with state partner Enterprise Florida and Pinellas County economic development groups, submitted their formal proposal this week to Amazon to consider this metro market for its highly publicized second headquarters. That decision will be made next year, presumably before List's term as chairman ends next October.

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List is a medical doctor who joined Moffitt in 2003 and also teaches at USF. At the EDC event, he praised the relocation of pharmaceutical giant Amgen from California to establish its capability center in Tampa, following similar moves in recent years by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Johnson & Johnson.

An editorial published Oct. 14 in California's Venture County Star newspaper lamented the difficulty of trying to recruit Amazon to its metro given the very high housing costs that convinced local Amgen to expand instead in Tampa. States the editorial: "One of our largest employers, Amgen Inc., announced in March it was moving hundreds of jobs to Tampa, Florida, saying that area offers a 'high quality of living, affordable cost of living and the potential for growth.' We will be as surprised… if Amazon ignores this and decides to move here."

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