Florida has long been a Modeling, Simulation and Training (MS&T) technology leader. As this report says “Almost every soldier recently deployed overseas has been trained on systems developed in Florida….Florida technologies have developed some of the first patient and trauma simulators, and Florida researchers are continuing to be at the forefront of medical science that will have global future impact such as Telesurgery and Automatic Surgery”.
In recent years, it has also become a magnet for gaming/entertainment tech with strong presence of EA, Disney and specialty schools like Full Sail, and UCF’s Interactive Entertainment Academy.
The Orlando area has been the center of the the FL success story with over 6,000 MS&T companies. It is poised to take that to the next level with the “Creative Village” concept which “transforms the former site of the Amway Arena in Downtown Orlando into a 68-acre mixed-use, transit oriented, urban infill neighborhood that will be home to leading higher education providers; high-tech, digital media and creative companies; and a diverse mix of students, employees and residents.“
Creative Village (artist rendering below) is a public/private partnership between the City of Orlando and the Master Developer, Creative Village Development, LLC (CVD). It is expected to attract 5,000 MS&T jobs when complete.
What’s impressive is the Village is actually one of the smaller projects the City has undertaken in the last few years. They have the impressive new home of the Orlando Magic, and are finishing work on a world class performing arts center and a refurbished Citrus Bowl Football Stadium. The 650 acre Medical City in Lake Nona is getting finishing touches. In 2014, the city will unveil early portions of SunRail that connects the entire region along a 60 mile line. Construction started in early 2012 – so pretty good clip for a civic project.