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The bidding war for Florida A&M University’s law school has intensified with Orlando, Fla.’s City Council pledging $1 million toward the project and earmarking a three-acre tract downtown for the school’s permanent location. The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency also donated $100,000 for street landscaping around the proposed site, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. Additionally, a downtown development board is providing $100,000 so FAMU faculty and staff will not have to pay for downtown parking while in a temporary location, Orlando officials have said. Tampa, Fla., began the bidding exchange less than three weeks ago and has amassed $2 million in pledges toward locating the law school there. On June 29, the Tampa Electric Company gave $1 million, and on Thursday, the Hillsborough County Commission pledged an additional $1 million. “I think it’s great,” said Reggie Mitchell, FAMU’s executive assistant to the president. “We want to wait until all of the proposals are in, but it’s great that there is so much interest in it.” Four Florida cities — Tampa, Orlando, Lakeland, and Daytona Beach — have openly shown interest in providing a home for the FAMU law school — which the Florida Legislature re-established in May after it was closed in 1968. The law school was revived in part to increase the number of black lawyers in Florida. The state has given cities until July 24 to apply for the law school site.

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