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Semiconductor maker Skywater to take over UCF’s lease in NeoCity, create high-wage jobs (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on January 25, 2021 Osceola County’s fledgling NeoCity district has a new high-tech tenant set to create hundreds of local high-wage jobs. SkyWater Technology Foundry Inc. will take over the University of Central Florida’s lease of the 109,000-square-foot Center for Neovation in Kissimmee. The firm will operate the semiconductor research and development facility until 2044 and create 220 […]

Luminar and more powered Orlando venture capital activity to a banner year (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on January 22, 2021 ‘Momentum to continue’ That strong fourth-quarter performance powered 2020 to one of the best recent years for local venture capital activity. More than half of the $325 million raised last year came from $184 million that investors injected into Luminar Technologies Inc. as part of its merger with Gores Metropoulos Inc. Luminar, an Orlando-based maker of […]

Tavistock considers alternate Orlando site for air taxi vertiport (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on January 21, 2021   Tavistock Development Co. LLC is mulling a new alternate spot in southeastern Orlando as the potential location of the nation’s first air taxi hub. The final site is where Tavistock will lead the development of a 56,000-square-foot air taxi landing and takeoff facility. The vertiport, which will enable travel in a small passenger […]

Bev Seay – i-4 Business Leader (by Diane Sears)

Posted on January 19, 2021 Bev Seay has always been curious about how things work. As a child, she wanted to explore space. By eighth grade, she wanted to be a computer programmer. With a father who worked at IBM, she loved math and science and knew more about technology than most girls her age — traits she passed […]

US Space Command headquarters coming to Huntsville, Alabama (by Lee Roop)

Posted on January 13, 2021 The Air Force has selected the Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., as its preferred location for the headquarters of its new Space Command, Gov. Kay Ivey and U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby said today. “Alabama has been selected for the United States Space Command Headquarters,” Ivey’s office said. “In late December, Gov. Ivey joined […]

AEgis Technologies Group to Join the Formation of BlueHalo in Combination with Applied Technology Associates and Brilligent Solutions

Posted on January 12, 2021

HUNSTVILLE, Ala., Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — AEgis Technologies Group (“AEgis”) today announced it’s joining the formation of BlueHalo (the “Company”), a leading provider of advanced engineering solutions and technology to the national security community. BlueHalo, an Arlington Capital Partners portfolio company, was formed through the combination of AEgis Technologies including its previously integrated acquisitions Excivity and […]

UAVs and AI Are the Newest Tools Growers Can Use for Crop Management

Posted on January 6, 2021 They say knowledge is power. That philosophy is what drives Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis, an assistant professor at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, where he leads the precision agriculture engineering program. With a background in agricultural engineering, Ampatzidis both intimately understands grower priorities and has the technical know-how to build new tools to […]

Virti – One of The 100 Best Inventions of 2020

Posted on January 4, 2021

Certain situations are almost impossible to train for. What do you do, say, when you nick an artery during surgery? Or spot a leak on an oil rig? In 2018, trauma surgeon Dr. Alex Young launched Virti, a training platform that drops workers into high-stress augmented and virtual reality scenarios, where they can practice responding and receive […]

Lockheed Martin to buy Aerojet Rocketdyne, growing rocket and missile holdings(By Carten Cordell and Alex Soderstrom

Posted on December 21, 2020

With sparse few shopping days left in 2020, Lockheed Martin Corp. made a big purchase of the year, acquiring Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. in a deal worth $4.4 billion.  The move, unveiled on Dec. 20, provides the Bethesda, Maryland-based defense contracting giant (NYSE: LMT) an established player in the solid rocket propulsion market, which is […]

Orlando photonics firm Ocean Insight to add jobs after HQ expansion (Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on December 16, 2020

An Orlando-based tech manufacturer Ocean Optics Inc., which does business as Ocean Insight, will hire 100 local workers by 2023, the Orlando Economic Partnership announced Dec. 16. The optical sensor manufacturer’s growth spurt follows a move into a new headquarters in Central Florida Research Park.

Nearing passage, the NDAA is full of AI and cyber policy changes (Jackson Barnett)

Posted on December 16, 2020

Written by Jackson BarnettDEC 9, 2020 | FEDSCOOP The passage of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act would enact several military policy changes regarding military cybersecurity and artificial intelligence — most notably elevating the Department of Defense’s Joint AI Center. Nearing passage, the NDAA is full of AI and cyber policy changes

Hank Okraski, NCS Founder Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted on December 15, 2020

i4 Business Magazine Announces 2020 Business Leaders of the Year

Posted on December 14, 2020

(Orlando, Fla.) — i4 Business magazine will recognize 11 innovative and influential individuals in Central Florida on Thursday, December 10, at the virtual 2020 Business Leaders of the Year Awards and in a special edition published in December. The honorees were selected from more than 85 community nominations. 

Health care AI startup with Orlando office acquired by newly-minted unicorn (By Carrigan Miller and Susan Lundine)

Posted on December 10, 2020

  Verata Health, a Minnesota-based health care tech startup with an Orlando office that uses artificial intelligence to reduce the burden of prior authorization, has been acquired by Ohio-based AI startup Olive.  

German-Based Startup Lilium to Establish Nation’s First Advanced Aerial Mobility Region in Orlando (Author – OEP)

Posted on December 8, 2020

Orlando, Fla. – Lilium, a German-based startup developing a revolutionary on-demand air taxi service, is locating its flagship U.S. vertiport (vertical take-off and landing facility) as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and pilot headquarters in Orlando. The company’s fully electric vehicle is completely emissions-free, and its innovative, intrinsically simple design enables connections from city center […]

The Orlando Technology Community Support Grant Program

Posted on December 7, 2020

The Orlando Technology Community Support Grant Program (the Program) expands the City of Orlando’s continued commitment to creating an environment for entrepreneurship as a critical component of the region’s innovation ecosystem. In collaboration with the Orlando Economic Partnership’s Orlando Tech Council (OTC), the grant program provides funding support for Orlando technology focused activities and programs. Four […]

Orange County Convention Center: Staying Open for Business (I-4 Corridor Magazine – Diane Sears)

Posted on December 3, 2020

Mark Tester was excited about starting his new job as executive director at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). His plan for the first 60 days was to immerse himself in the operation and determine how the facility operated, how the team provided service to customers, and what improvements he might be able to make at the […]

Hank Okraski, NCS Hall of Fame member and longtime board member, has received a lifetime achievement modeling & simulation award given by the National Training & Simulation Association (NTSA).

Posted on November 30, 2020

Okraski’s honor will be recognized this year at the virtual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), but will be presented at next year’s I/ITSEC, which is expected to be in person in November 2021. A founder of NCS, Okraski served as the chairman of the board from 1993 to 2003 and helped build a […]

Exclusive: Northrop Grumman Inks Big Office Lease Deal Near UCF

Posted on October 5, 2020

Northrop Grumman Corp. — which employs roughly 4,000 people in Central Florida — plans to consolidate several of its local offices into one location near the University of Central Florida.

National Center for Simulation’s President and CEO, was named to Florida 500

Posted on October 5, 2020

National Center for Simulation’s President and CEO, was Named toFlorida 500 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Dolly Rairigh Glass,, 407.797.7851 Orlando, Florida – October 1, 2020. George Cheros, National Center for Simulation’s president and CEO, was named to Florida 500, a special publication that highlights the 500 most influential executives in different economic sectors throughout the […]