TAMPA – The James A. Haley Veterans’ Administration Hospital has joined the Executive Board for Tampa !p (Innovation Partnership), a 200-plus member organization working to create a world-class live, work, study, play, and stay innovation district in the north Tampa/University area.

!p Chief Potential Officer, Mark Sharpe said, “The resources and expertise that the James A. Haley VA Hospital brings to our leadership group are impressive to say the least. Hospital Director, Joe Battle, brings experience in redevelopment projects and the hospital already has ideas in the works that will improve the area.”

Plans for a new $148.6 medical housing unit have already been approved for the hospital and construction should be complete by 2021. In addition, the hospital plans to install a traffic light at its main entrance that will improve traffic and pedestrian safety for everyone travelling along Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

“We’ve been working to expand and improve service for veterans and the community throughout the Tampa area for almost 50 years,” said Battle. “Now we’re looking forward to increasing collaboration with our neighboring institutions to develop the Innovation District for all our citizens through this private/public partnership.”

James A. Haley VA Hospital joins the University of South Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida Hospital, Busch Gardens and University Mall as Tampa !p’s anchor members on the Executive Board. !p’s five priority areas for the region bounded by Bearss Avenue, Busch Boulevard, Interstate 275 and Interstate 75 are business development, job creation, transportation, place-making, and community engagement.