When Cancer Treatment Centers of America was searching the nation for a new city to relocate their corporate headquarters to, several governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations from the sunshine state stepped up to attract CTCA to Boca Raton. Such cooperation among various levels of government and non-governmental stakeholders is rarely seen in politics today and should be commended. By attracting CTCA to Boca Raton, the various stakeholders brought 225 high-skill, high-paying jobs to Florida. Beyond the economic gain of having CTCA in the state, the stakeholders knew that attracting the nation’s premiere network of cancer treatment hospitals would only further Florida’s reputation for being a Life Science Leader.

Upon announcing the relocation to Boca Raton, then CTCA President and CEO Gerard van Grinsven said, “We deeply appreciate the support we received from the State of Florida, the City of Boca Raton, Palm Beach County and its Business Development Board, under the leadership of President and CEO Kelly Smallridge, in coming to this decision. We also want to acknowledge the special efforts of Florida Governor Rick Scott and Enterprise Florida for their assistance with our evaluation of the benefits associated with our relocation.”

Under Governor Rick Scott, the state of Florida has amplified its efforts to foster an opportunity economy. The official economic development organization for the state, Enterprise Florida, played a pivotal role in bringing the CTCA headquarters to Boca Raton. Enterprise Florida President & CEO Gray Swoope commented after the relocation announcement, “Across our state, life science companies continue to locate and expand, making the industry one of the most rapidly-growing in the nation. Add to that the relocation of great companies like Cancer Treatment Centers of America and you can see why Florida is climbing the ranks as a life science leader. Our business climate, workforce and global access allow companies to be extremely innovative and successful. We’re proud to add CTCA and their expertise to our growing foundation of life science leaders.”

Florida contributed the lion’s share of CTCA’s 2.4 million dollar public incentive package, knowing that such a relocation was an investment in the health and prosperity of the state. Workforce Florida President/CEO Chris Hart IV said, “Florida welcomes Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s corporate headquarters to the rapidly expanding life sciences industry here in our beautiful state. We are proud to support the relocation of an industry leader committed to winning the fight against cancer and promoting health and well-being. With an estimated 225 high-skill, high-wage jobs anticipated over the next 18 months, Cancer Treatment Centers of America also will be a valued contributor to Florida’s continued economic growth.”

Palm Beach County committed $375,000 to CTCA’s incentive package for relocating to Boca Raton and frequently focused the effort to attract CTCA. Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County said, “We look forward to welcoming Cancer Treatment Centers of America to Palm Beach County, as the company’s relocation will have a significant economic impact on the entire county and elevate our awareness as an emerging destination for leading healthcare companies.”

The city of Boca Raton will perhaps see the greatest benefit from the relocation of CTCA headquarters and contributed $375,000 in the incentive package. The city knew that bringing such a highly regarded health care industry leader to Boca Raton would set the tone for future growth. When the relocation announcement occurred, then Mayor, Susan Whelchel expressed her excitement about CTCA’s decision. “We are excited to have Cancer Treatment Centers of America become part of our community”, she said. Now Mayor, Susan Haynie has echoed the former Mayors enthusiasm for an economically strong and diverse Boca Raton. CTCA applauds the intergovernmental efforts and cooperation that attracted the company to the city for all seasons.


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BJ Hetherington