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Orlando has a uniquely competitive position for optics and photonics companies due to its longstanding history in aerospace technology and manufacturing. The region’s assets like the University of Central Florida’s College of Optics & Photonics (CREOL), the versatile 200mm fabrication facility BRIDG and Central Florida Research Park give these companies a competitive advantage compared to other locations around the world.
2,170 Annual Graduates in Related Fields
Employment has Experienced 11 Percent Growth Since 2013
23,360 Relevant Workers Including Electrical Engineers, Semiconductor Processors, and Other Related Functions
For every one graduate from the Orlando region there are 11 regional jobs.
Compare to the San Francisco region – there is one graduate for every 30 jobs.
BREADTH OF EXPERIENCE, LESS COMPETITION
Orlando possesses a high concentration of talented employees with the education and experience necessary to meet the skill needs of the region’s companies.
It’s a Smart world
From industry partnerships at the K-12 level to nationally recognized university programs, companies find the talent they need in Orlando without facing the fierce competition their peers encounter in other cities.
University of Central Florida
A world leader in education, research and industrial partnership.
The College of Optics & Photonics (CREOL)
Center for Lasers and Fiber Optics Education
Trains students across the United States to become laser and fiber optic technicians and partners with 34 colleges and more than 250 companies.
Program led by Indian River State College
Wekiwa High School
Offers a dual-degree program in partnership with Orange County Public Schools, Valencia Community College and Northrup Grumman Laser Systems.
Laser Photonics Academy
BUILD OR RENT YOUR CASTLE
Orlando is a cost-effective location, whether you plan to build, buy or lease.
Central Florida Research Park
The Central Florida Research Park is a campus-like environment for business, located adjacent to the University of Central Florida. Businesses that desire a “university relationship” can purchase land in the Research Park on which to construct a facility or can lease space for office, office/lab or light manufacturing uses.
Way beyond a traditional research park, NeoCity is a master-planned mixed-use research and technology district and community. Connected to a regional network of research and educational facilities, recreational amenities and corporate partners through an excellent transportation network, NeoCity is anchored by a versatile and state-of-the-art 200mm microelectronics fabrication facility.
Orlando’s established industry cluster has grown due to supportive R&D and industry partners and assets.
Connect with a Subject Matter Expert
Get with touch with Amy Dinsmore, Senior Director, Business Development | Innovative Technologies, to learn more about how Orlando can support your talent and workforce needs.
Call her today: 407.902.2442
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