Advanced manufacturing consortium now called BRIDG

Posted by Laureen Martinez on Jan 20, 2017 10:09:00 AM

The world’s first industry-led smart sensor consortium, being built in Osceola County in the Orlando region, now has a new name – BRIDG – which stands for Bridging the Innovation Development Gap. The high tech facility, scheduled to open in March of 2017, is located in what is now called NeoCity.

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Topics: EDC Projects, General News, Jobs, Osceola County, Advanced Manufacturing

Orlando’s innovations in technology featured in online articles

Posted by Laureen Martinez on Jan 20, 2017 8:39:21 AM

Writers for some of the biggest names in online news sites visited Orlando for an intensive two-day tour of some of the region’s most innovative companies, educational institutions and tech-focused events. 

Concentrating on augmented reality and virtual reality, journalist Alice Bonasio and photojournalist Tom Atkinson explored Orlando’s booming tech scene for their Tech Trends reports. “A lot of Orlando companies are pushing the envelope in VR and AR,” wrote Bonasio after seeing EA Sports, Advanced Micro Devices, Augment, Falcon’s Creative Group and start-up Launchable. “Disney World and co. might be what most of us associate with Orlando, but what you don’t often realize is how the technology pioneered by all those theme parks – together with the region’s strong military and space exploration tradition – have turned this friendly town into the simulation capital of the world,” she continued.

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Topics: General News, Entrepreneur, Why Orlando, Film and Digital Media, Innovative Technologies

Economic Summit highlights Orlando’s commitment to workforce development

Posted by Amanda Roche on Jan 19, 2017 5:33:18 PM

Orange County Major Teresa Jacobs kicked off 2017 with the fifth annual Orange County Economic Summit. The Summit presents a gauge of the current economic climate and forecast.

Dr. Sean Snaith, director of the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Institute for Economic Competitiveness and chair of the Orlando EDC’s Orlando Economic Forum, presented a forecast for the local, state and national economy in 2017.

“In Central Florida, there's growth in all sectors. The pace of growth, compared to the state-wide averages, is much stronger,” Snaith said during his presentation. “We're growing faster than the state, than the national economy and not by a little bit, but by a great amount.”

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Topics: Education, Economy

TechMatch “couples” Orlando tech companies and corporate buyers

Posted by Amanda Roche on Jan 19, 2017 5:00:37 PM

More than 72 vendors met with 16 corporate buyers representing companies and organizations like EA Sports, Verizon, Akerman, Universal Orlando, Massey Communications, and Skanska at the 2nd annual Florida TechMatch. TechMatch, hosted by Orange County and Echo Interaction Group, is an event that gives local technology companies the chance to build relationships with national industry leaders.

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Topics: Innovative Technologies

Soon-to-Merge Economic Development/Chamber Group Names CEO of New Organization

Posted by Jennifer Wakefield on Jan 11, 2017 11:13:00 AM

The Orlando region’s soon-to-merge economic development/chamber group has selected its first president and chief executive officer to lead the new organization. This key leadership role will oversee strategic efforts to bring more high-wage jobs to Central Florida while promoting and enhancing the region’s dynamic business climate and quality of life.

Tim Giuliani, most recently the president and CEO of the Greater Raleigh (N.C.) Chamber of Commerce, will begin leading Central Florida’s newly created economic development/chamber group (whose name will be announced soon) in March. The new organization is being created through the merger of the Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) and the Central Florida Partnership (CFP), which includes Orlando, Inc. (Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce). Learn More

Topics: General News, EDC President and CEO, Orlando Leaders

KPMG unveils plans to build global training facility in Orlando

Posted by Amanda Roche on Jan 9, 2017 4:23:37 PM

KPMG LLC announced its plans today to build a 55-acre learning, development, and innovation facility in Lake Nona located in the City of Orlando. KPMG expects to create 80 high wage jobs in Orlando and a $430 million capital investment. Construction on the new, state-of-the-art facility is scheduled to begin in spring 2017 and be completed in late 2019. This will be the largest capital investment project that the Orlando EDC has worked on in the last 10 years.

This brand-new facility represents KPMG’s progressive vision to create an energetic forum for learning for its employees, further enhancing its world-class training capabilities. The premier meeting space will include an Innovation Center, a museum, as well as 800 guest rooms, fitness and outdoor recreational facilities, and multiple food and beverage venues.

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Topics: EDC Projects, Innovative Technologies, Corporate Headquarters and Regional Offices

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