Gov. Charlie Crist announced Senator Jeremy Ring as the chair of the task force for the study of biotech competitiveness.

Created by the 2007 Florida Legislature, the task force will
study economic policies necessary for increasing the state's
competitiveness in attracting and retaining biotech manufacturing
and distribution businesses.

The 17-member task force will also evaluate Florida's education and workforce training opportunities. It will also recommend
changes to the state's corporate tax structure, water policies and
health insurance policies to ensure they support the biotech industry.

The task force's recommendations are due by January 1.

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