State Responds to City’s FSU Questions


(West Palm Beach, FL) – The City of West Palm Beach has received a response from the Florida Board of Governors regarding the Board’s anticipated inquiry into whether the Florida State University Animation and Digital Arts Program should remain in West Palm Beach.

In a letter sent to the Florida Board of Governors on January 20, 2013, the City of West Palm Beach asked to know exactly what the plan is for Florida State University’s Animation and Digital Arts Program.

West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio wrote to the Board of Governors, saying “our city residents have invested $2 million dollars of their tax dollars in the FSU program and our city has a significant stake in ensuring its success and growth. The fact that there is an Animation and Digital Arts program at all is due in large part to the foresight and economic creativity of our city’s Community Redevelopment Agency.”

Among the questions Mayor Muoio asked were:

  1. Who will be the members of this group?
  2. How long will they be examining the program, and when will they be expected to provide a report?
  3. What criteria will they be looking at?
  4. What role will the City of West Palm Beach play in this review?
  5. What is the ultimate question the group will examine?

The Board of Governors has put together a small group to look at whether the FSU program should stay in West Palm Beach.

“I continue to look forward to an opportunity to remind the Board that this program in which our city has already invested millions of dollars will generate a significant number of jobs for our citizens, and will serve as the catalyst to the creation of an entirely new industry for our state,” Mayor Muoio said today.

“With significant private sector companies already interested in working with the program here in West Palm Beach, moving it out of our city would threaten hundreds of potential jobs, and jeopardize the chances of creating a new and exciting industry cluster here in our state,” added Muoio.

Here is the letter received from the Board of Governors on Thursday, January 24, 2013.

BOG Response