Culmulatively state and local governments commit billions to lure Biotechnology firms with the promise of lots of new jobs. Florida has probably spent more than any other state in an attempt at being known as a research mecca. Palm Beach county has basically sold the farm to get Scripps, with lots of aid from the state. St. Lucie appears to be next in line. Within a few years over a billion taxpayer dollars will be spent to pay for land and infrastructure in the South Florida region alone. The biotech frenzy has affected local politicians deeply, leading city and county commissioners to proclaim a new generation of economic prosperity. The truth is we know very little of the impact of biotech on economic development, and the huge taxpayer subsidy appears to be a leap of faith. I'm curious as to what those in the economic development field think of biotech: is it the real deal in its ability to provide jobs? Will it provide jobs for joe six-pack?