All that Collier County residents have to go on now are pledges and projections about what the future would hold if Maine-based Jackson Laboratory builds a medical research institute near the town of Ave Maria with $50 million initially from local tax dollars.

“This community is not currently a destination for scientific research,” said Rick Woychik, president and chief executive of the nonprofit Jackson, headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine. “We can help put Naples in the limelight.”

But that same limelight has been slow to light up seven other Florida communities where state and local governments have set aside huge sums to attract renowned biomedical research institutes.

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