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PEO STRI Partnership VI

Partnership VI became Florida’s newest local Army facility in downtown Orlando at 36 West Pine Street when its lease was executed on Dec. 1, 2021.

The new location represents an expanded footprint for the Army’s Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), based in the Central Florida Research Park, near the University of Central Florida (UCF) campus.

In addition to serving as an education-and-training “learning hub” to maintain core competencies for PEO STRI’s workforce, Partnership VI can accommodate offices for the Acquisition Academy Apprentice Program (A3P) and the Integrated Cyber Operations Network Control Center (ICON C2).

“Downtown Orlando likely is a better place to attract young cyber talent,” said George Cheros, president and CEO of the National Center for Simulation, based in Orlando. “Local military facilities not only must compete with other regions for high-tech talent, but also with Central Florida private industry as well. We’ve got to throw every competitive edge into the mix that we can.”

A3P will occupy the building’s first floor and host an 11-week training program for new civilian employees working for the Department of the Army. ICON C2 is a management hub, featuring 24-hour operations that integrate PEO STRI’s programs into a centralized platform, in addition to hosting IT service management. It will be fully operational next year.

Partnership VI not only increases PEO STRI’s presence in the downtown Orlando area, it also positions the organization closer to academia and industry representatives, with which it normally collaborates.

Although Orlando is best known as America’s “theme park capital,” its modeling, simulation and training industry represents a significant sector in Central Florida’s economy that brings approximately $7 billion to the region annually.

A lack of space at PEO STRI’s Research Park location necessitated the new Pine Street location when UCF offered the 18,062 square-foot facility.

PEO STRI’s current lease on the building will last until Nov. 30, 2022, which includes an option for 25 additional years.

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