Tourism, tangerines — and now, technology — are Florida’s biggest economy drivers, Randy Berridge, a Florida Chamber Foundation member and tech professional who serves as president of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, said.
Florida’s High Tech Corridor Council is a regional economic development initiative in broad partnership with Osceola County, University of Central Florida (UCF), University of South Florida (USF), Florida International University (FIU) and University of Florida in what is dubbed the International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research (ICAMR). The unique partnership has evolved into a strategic approach to high tech economic development.
Founded to research and develop high tech industry and innovation — including sensor-related technology — consortium members plan to team with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for exciting developments in “smart” clothing that can actually track wearer’s health data.
“As a Florida Chamber Foundation trustee, I am also excited about another plan for innovation around the state – Florida 2030,” Berridge said. “The Florida 2030 project seeks to identify strong areas of growth for the state by way of ongoing research engaging business and community leaders in each of our 67 counties. Everyone has a say in the future of our economy and the Florida Chamber Foundation is listening.”
Established by the Legislature in 1996, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, known as the “Corridor,” offers opportunities for technology companies located in 23 counties in Florida. It focuses on industries such as agritechnology, aviation and aerospace, digital media, finance, IT, nanotechnology, life sciences and more.
“This is an exciting time for Florida,” Kerridge said. “There are many opportunities for other industries to join the ranks of tourism and agriculture and we will need them all for a strong economy. It’s time we tell the world the whole story about Florida.”
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