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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Edwards Hall 213
Fort Myers, FL. 33965

Phone: (239) 590-7410

FGCU's Legislative Priorities



Please check back in November for FGCU’s 2017 Legislative Priorities


FGCU’s 2016 Legislative Priorities Outcome

On March 17, 2016, Governor Rick Scott officially signed the 2016-2017 Florida First budget. FGCU's appropriations priorities that were approved by the Governor include: 

  • $1M Target Existing Talent Gaps
  • $3,852,065 School of Integrated Watershed and Coastal Studies / AB9
  • $250,000 FGCU Institute for Entrepreneurship and Economic Incubators, Inc.

FGCU thanks Governor Scott for his support and commend the members of the Southwest Florida Legislative Delegation for their tireless work to complete a balanced budget that demonstrates their support for FGCU and continual advancement of higher education in the State of Florida.


FGCU’s 2016 Legislative Priorities 


  • Funding is critical to the development of three degree programs to target regionally identified employment gaps:
    • Construction Management (CM)
      • Projected demand for positions - 78,000 though 2027
      • Bureau of Labor and Statistics Annual Median Salary - $85,630
      • Partnership between U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering and Lutgert College of Business
  • Supply Chain Management (SCM)
    • Positions are expected to continue to be in high demand due to the variety of organizations and employers utilizing SCM to effectively and efficiently deliver their products to market
    • Bureau of Labor and Statistics Annual Median Salary - $72,780
    • Local business partners that will utilize SCM:
      • Hertz
      • Target
      • Chico’s FAS
      • R&L Truckload
      • LeeSar
      • Scotlynn
  • Business Analytics & Informatics (BAI)
    • BAI is one of the fastest emerging job specializations due to the growing use of electronic databases for record keeping and electronic commerce in the digital economy
    • Bureau of Labor and Statistics Annual Median Salary - $72,100
    • BAI trained employees extract meaningful information from the flood of digital data collected by businesses, government, and scientific agencies and are projected to remain in high demand, having become strategically important for every organization to keep a competitive advantage.
  • Specifically, the recurring funding will provide:
    • Focused degree program development in response to employer needs
    • Rapid implementation of the degree programs producing graduates with an immediate pathway to employment of high wage jobs
    • FGCU with the ability to graduate Florida’s next generation of talent to attract new and emerging industries to our state, which will add to the diversification of the state’s economy.


  • Funding will allow FGCU to more effectively, manage student goals and career development by providing:
    • Early mentoring and tailored guidance to help students with academic choices during all stages of their academic career
    • Increased program support to target early career identification
    • Industry specific job summits that identify the state’s current and future employment needs