A state-appointed board that studied relocating the prison estimated that development would result in a $20 billion boost to the economy and eventually as many as 40,000 jobs.
The Legislature last week established a new board that will solicit requests for proposals to tear down and build a new prison, estimated to cost $600 million.
The prospect of moving the 62-year-old facility has drawn opposition from some residents who believe taxpayers would be stung in the end, while developers pad their wallets.
"It's important that the committee that will evaluate this in the future looks at all of the different components and makes sure this thing presses out for the taxpayer," Eccles said.
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