Published: Jan 13, 2011 8:51 PM EST
Updated: Jan 13, 2011 5:47 PM EST

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) - Maine-based Jackson Laboratory and the University of South Florida are looking beyond Collier County for a
proposed research center.

Last week, Jackson Lab withdrew its application for $50 million in state funds to build a facility in eastern Collier County. Jackson Lab officials said they will work with Florida's new governor, Rick Scott, to move it forward.

On Thursday, Jackson Lab and University of South Florida said they remain interested in Collier County, but they've begun preliminary discussions with officials in Hillsborough and Sarasota counties, as well.

Jackson Lab hoped to secure up to $200 million from the state and county to build a 145,000-square-foot research center that combines Jackson's expertise on genomics and USF's capabilities in clinical medicine.