Tuesday, February 15, 2005

HQ RFP by End of Month

The final RFP for the permanent headquarters of the California stem cell agency is expected to be issued by the end of the month. Fiona Hutton, a spokeswoman for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, says a press release will be issued when the proposal is ready.

The site search committee has scheduled a meeting to consider the matter on Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at UC San Francisco. The agenda is here.


Meanwhile, California newsies are busy writing more about the subject and the lobbying efforts that are underway. Most of the stories are in the weekly business newspapers around the state, which specialize in development and leasing news.

Daniel Levine of the San Francisco Business Times
reported that AKT Development in Sacramento plans to offer 10 years free rent with views of the Sacramento River and the Capitol. He also noted that Wareham Development, CIRM's interim landlord in Emeryville, is definitely going to bid for the permanent site. Wareham touts its connection to Chiron, which was co-founded by Ed Poenhoet, vice chairman of the CIRM oversight committee.(See previous items in this blog on Feb. 6 and Feb. 8)

Katherine Conrad of the East Bay Business Times has perhaps the most fulsome
account of Wareham and its approach.

The HQ has even entered the mayor's race in the city of Los Angeles with the incumbent
offering free space downtown.

Jim Wunderman, president and CEO of the Bay Area Council, and Sean Randolph, president and CEO of the Bay Area Economic Forum, plumped for a Bay Area location for the site in an
op-ed piece in the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Sphere: Related Content

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