Lakewood Ranch Herald

LECOM, county sign deal to build dental school at Lakewood Ranch

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Officials with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and Manatee County today signed an agreement for $203,300 in public subsidies for a new dental school in Lakewood Ranch.

Under terms of the deal, LECOM must create at least 58 new jobs that pay an average wage that is at least 200 percent higher than the county average.

LECOM hopes to open the school in 2012 at 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., which is north of the current LECOM campus.

Construction hasn't started, but the school is working with county officials "fast track" the obtaining of needed permits.