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Orlando’s simulation industry is straight out of Tomorrowland, powered by more than 60 years of research and development, a workforce more than 60,000 strong, billions of dollars’ worth of investment and an ecosystem of connected infrastructure and specialized centers of excellence. From our early aviation roots as a training center for military pilots and later a community built to win the space race, Orlando’s storyline is one that begins and remains one of a community that welcomes and embraces simulation innovation. On an annual basis, over $6 billion in modeling, training and simulation contracts flows through the Central Florida region. From aerospace and defense to education, healthcare and gaming, Orlando’s simulation technology sector is behind innovations with global impact.
Modeling, Simulation & Training Capital of the World
$6B+ Annual Simulation-related Contracts in the Region
National Center for Simulation, 2022
Navy, Marine and Army Simulation Commands are in Orlando
It’s a smart world, After all
Simulation Degree Programs in Orlando
A steady flow of new talent drives Orlando’s tech workforce of tomorrow, with four area universities offering modeling and simulation degree programs.
Full Sail University
Bachelor’s Degree in Simulation and Visualization
University of Central Florida
Institute for Simulation and Training
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Simulation Science, Games and Animation program
Orange Technical College
Modeling Simulation Production program
It’s more than fun and games – there’s serious business happening here. From aerospace and defense to education, healthcare and gaming, Orlando’s simulation technology is behind innovations with global impact.
VA Medical Simulation Center: SimLEARN
The Simulation Learning, Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) is the largest medical simulation center in the country. Serving the largest integrated health care system in the world, VHA’s SimLEARN provides an ever-growing body of curricula and best practices that improve health care for the nation’s veterans.
JetBlue University’s Orlando Support Campus
Nearly every single one of JetBlue’s new hires train each year at the Orlando International Airport (MCO). JetBlue’s presense at MCO includes its Orlando Support Center, which houses JetBlueU – a simulation training facility for crew members and all of its pilots – as well as The Lodge, a 196-room hotel for employees visiting the facility.
A Thriving Ecosystem
Orlando’s established simulation technology industry cluster has grown due to supportive R&D and funding partners like the annual I/ITSEC conference and the National Center for Simulation.
I/ITSEC is the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training event held in Orlando every year.
National Center for Simulation (NCS)
The mission of NCS is to serve as the nation’s focal point and as a catalyst for the development, understanding, and advancement of simulation and related technologies; to improve defense readiness and facilitate space exploration; to support education and training initiatives; and to extend useful applications of simulation.
BUILD OR RENT YOUR CASTLE
Featured Locations for Simulation Facilities
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.
Connect with a Subject Matter Expert
Get in touch with Casey Evans, Senior Director of Economic Development, for additional information including customized talent data and tailored space recommendations.
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