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Driving Regional Economic Development and Innovation

The Florida High Tech Corridor Council is an economic development initiative of the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF) established in 1996 to attract, retain and grow high tech industry and the workforce to support it in a 23-county region. Recognized by numerous scientific and economic development organizations for its achievements, The Corridor Council facilitates public-private partnerships to support research, entrepreneurship, workforce and marketing efforts.

The Council is co-chaired by UCF President Alexander N. Cartwright, USF President Steve Currall and UF President Kent Fuchs. It also includes representatives from the region’s 14 state and community colleges and nearly two dozen representatives of high tech industry and economic development. Paul Sohl, Rear Adm. (USN ret), directs the organization as CEO.

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LEADERSHIP

Paul Sohl, Rear Adm. (USN Ret)
CEO

THE MISSION

The Corridor Council’s mission is to attract, retain and grow high tech industry and the workforce to support it in a 23-county Corridor region through programs and partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce development, STEM education and entrepreneurship.

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23-COUNTY REGION

PROGRAMS
  • Matching Grants Research Program (MGRP): Since 1996, the MGRP has generated downstream economic impacts of an estimated $1 billion by fostering applied research between high tech companies and researchers from UCF, USF and UF. The Florida High Tech Corridor Council provides up to $150,000 in matching funds for applied research projects between local industry partners and university researchers. This includes projects funded by Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards.

  • stemCONNECT: stemCONNECT inspires K-12 students to pursue high tech careers by engaging professionals to deliver presentations about their career fields and how STEM education applies. With online video conferencing tools, hundreds of students from across the region can participate in these interactive presentations, which often include exciting tours of research laboratories or modern workspaces. Since the first virtual session, stemCONNECT has exposed thousands of students to career opportunities in modeling, simulation and training, life sciences, aerospace and more.

 
  • Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center (FLVEC): FLVEC is a go-to resource for small-business owners across the state who want to connect with the right people, organizations and information to accelerate their success. Its exclusive network of over 1,000 business owners meets monthly to ask questions, share best practices and learn about resource agencies. Involvement with FLVEC opens the door to new business growth by providing several platforms for increased visibility.

Driving Regional Economic Development and Innovation

The Florida High Tech Corridor Council is an economic development initiative of the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF) established in 1996 to attract, retain and grow high tech industry and the workforce to support it in a 23-county region. Recognized by numerous scientific and economic development organizations for its achievements, The Corridor Council facilitates public-private partnerships to support research, entrepreneurship, workforce and marketing efforts.

The Council is co-chaired by UCF President Alexander N. Cartwright, USF President Steve Currall and UF President Kent Fuchs. It also includes representatives from the region’s 14 state and community colleges and nearly two dozen representatives of high tech industry and economic development. Paul Sohl, Rear Adm. (USN ret), directs the organization as CEO.

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LEADERSHIP

Paul Sohl, Rear Adm. (USN Ret)
CEO

THE MISSION

The Corridor Council’s mission is to attract, retain and grow high tech industry and the workforce to support it in a 23-county Corridor region through programs and partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce development, STEM education and entrepreneurship.

PERSONNEL

0
Total Personnel

BUSINESS BASE
23-COUNTY REGION

PROGRAMS
  • Matching Grants Research Program (MGRP): Since 1996, the MGRP has generated downstream economic impacts of an estimated $1 billion by fostering applied research between high tech companies and researchers from UCF, USF and UF. The Florida High Tech Corridor Council provides up to $150,000 in matching funds for applied research projects between local industry partners and university researchers. This includes projects funded by Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards.

  • stemCONNECT: stemCONNECT inspires K-12 students to pursue high tech careers by engaging professionals to deliver presentations about their career fields and how STEM education applies. With online video conferencing tools, hundreds of students from across the region can participate in these interactive presentations, which often include exciting tours of research laboratories or modern workspaces. Since the first virtual session, stemCONNECT has exposed thousands of students to career opportunities in modeling, simulation and training, life sciences, aerospace and more.

 
  • Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center (FLVEC): FLVEC is a go-to resource for small-business owners across the state who want to connect with the right people, organizations and information to accelerate their success. Its exclusive network of over 1,000 business owners meets monthly to ask questions, share best practices and learn about resource agencies. Involvement with FLVEC opens the door to new business growth by providing several platforms for increased visibility.

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