Palm Coast - Palm Coast City Council members, along with several other local government organizations, are collectively showing support to bring the University of North Florida's MedNEX to Palm Coast.
MedNEX would be the nation's first comprehensive, university-based medical nexus that would educate and train nurses and other medical professionals through an innovative partnership, bringing together regional stakeholders like AdventHealth, Flagler County Schools, Daytona State College, and more. These healthcare professionals could then live and work locally or regionally contributing to the future of the community. The UNF facility would be located in Town Center near Palm Coast City Hall.
At the city council meeting Tuesday, Nov. 5, council members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution supporting higher education in the City of Palm Coast. The resolution outlines the benefits of a state university system presence in Palm Coast such as providing a mechanism for growth and high quality of life along with educational opportunities for citizens in high-demand fields. This also re-enforces collaboration among public and private stakeholders. The resolution also commends UNF for its desire to serve as an educational partner and urges the Florida State University System Board of Governors, Florida Legislature and Governor Ron DeSantis to support the establishment of such programs as may be necessary to further such goals.
The governments of Flagler County, Flagler County School District, Town of Beverly Beach, City of Bunnell, City of Flagler Beach, Town of Marineland and the City of Palm Coast have come together in recognition that the UNF MedNEX initiative elevates the entire Northeast and Northcentral Florida Region. This is significant because this marks the first initiative that governments throughout Flagler County have come together to actively support in bringing to the area to benefit the local communities and citizens.
"It's amazing to see our cities and county come together on such a transformative project, laying the foundation for a medical hub we've been working on for two years" said Mayor Milissa Holland. "This will shape our community now and into a better future we can all be proud of."
On Monday, Nov. 4, Flagler County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution in support of the initiative. The county also plans to involve its lobbyists to help with the project. That same day, Beverly Beach Town Commission also unanimously passed a resolution in support of Palm Coast's efforts, in support of better prospects for employment, diversity and culture that such a partnership would entail. The City of Bunnell will discuss it on Nov. 12.