Following a downtown campus student forum Wednesday, UCF will host another open meeting at which faculty and staff can get their own questions answered.

Scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., the forum will be held in the Student Union's Garden Key Meeting Room (Room 221).

Most recently, the Florida Board of Governors unanimously voted to allocate $2.8 million to plan a joint-use, primarily administrative, facility for both Valencia and UCF at its Feb. 19 meeting.

This decision did not approve the downtown campus, however. Approval for the entirety of the downtown campus is a different process UCF will have to go through with the BOG for final approval.

Whittaker said 6,000 students between UCF and Valencia will be needed for Phase I and II, which are expected to be completed by August 2017.

According to a presentation by downtown campus partners at the meeting, the projected economic impact of this downtown campus is roughly $400 million annually, regionally and across the state. About 4,000 jobs will be created annually, as well, leaning to roughly $180 million in wages for those who hold those jobs.

UCF's College of Health & Public Affairs, the College of Arts and Humanities and the Nicholson School of Communication were among the recommended colleges to be moved downtown.

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