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Photonics Technology

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) 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

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    Employment has Experienced 11 Percent Growth Since 2013

  • 23,360 Relevant Workers Including Electrical Engineers, Semiconductor Processors, and Other Related Functions

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Featured Optics & Photonics Companies

From innovation and initial concepts to manufacturing the final product, Orlando’s ecosystem of talent and attractive cost of doing business supports a thriving cluster of companies developing semiconductors, microelectronics and optics and photonics technology.

FARO Technologies

FARO Technologies

Company: FARO Technologies

Photon-X

Photon-X

Company: Photon-X

Industry: Optics and Photonics

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L3Harris Technologies

L3Harris Technologies

Company: L3Harris Technologies

Industry: Aviation, Aerospace and Defense

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Lightpath Technologies

Lightpath Technologies

Company: Lightpath Technologies

Industry: Optics and Photonics

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Luminar Technologies

Luminar Technologies

Company: Luminar Technologies

Industry: Electronics

No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 100-500

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman

Company: Northrop Grumman

Industry: Aviation, Aerospace and Defense

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Ocean Insight

Ocean Insight

Company: Ocean Insight

Industry: Optics and Photonics

No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 100-500

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OptiGrate

OptiGrate

Company: OptiGrate

Industry: Optics and Photonics

No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 0-50

"Orlando is one of only four major optics & photonics clusters in the U.S. It’s like a Silicon Valley here in Orlando focused on optics and photonics technology."

– Steve Buckley, Ph.D., General Manager at Ocean Insight

Serving Up Savings like Sunshine

An Orlando location just makes cents when you add up the affordable industrial market, lack of state income tax, and overall business-friendly climate. Both office and industrial space in Orlando is significantly cheaper than other major metropolitan areas.

Thanks to millions of visitors each year, Orlando’s cultural amenities and accessibility are on par with some of the biggest cities around the world – plus, an affordable cost of living translates into costs savings for your business when it comes to hiring top talent.

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CREOL

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

Specialized Workforce

Lockheed Martin was taking advantage of Orlando’s specialized tech talent pool well before Disney arrived, and cluster of aerospace that has developed in proximity to the Space Coast has attributed to the region’s top STEM and manufacturing job growth (Forbes). Large companies including Northrop Grumman, Mitsubishi Power and Siemens have brought advanced manufacturing jobs to the Orlando area, steadily growing its robust engineering and tech talent pool. Orlando possesses a high concentration of talented employees with the education and experience necessary to meet the skill needs of the region’s companies.

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After All

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. 

https://www.creol.ucf.edu/

University of Central Florida

A world leader in education, research and industrial partnership.

The College of Optics & Photonics (CREOL)

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http://www.laser-tec.org/

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

BUILD OR RENT YOUR CASTLE

Featured Properties

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.

NeoCity

NeoCity

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.

Industry Assets

Orlando’s established industry cluster has grown due to supportive R&D and industry partners and assets.

Amy Dinsmore

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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