Modeling, Simulation & Training + Unmanned Aerial Systems On The Rise
Located just 30 miles north of Tampa, Pasco County is quickly growing its high tech industry presence. Once a small, bedroom community for professionals who worked in Tampa, the area is now recognized as one of the top 40 fastest-growing counties in the United States—and not just in terms of population.
Pasco County was recently named a “hot bed” for small businesses and entrepreneurial growth. Playing a major role in the economic vitality of the region is the Pasco Economic Development Council, an organization dedicated to growing and promoting business opportunities.
We recently had the chance to speak with John Walsh, vice president of the Pasco EDC, about the county’s impressive growth and recent high-tech developments.
What are some of the new or exciting things happening in your region related to high-tech industry?
Over the past few years, we’ve been developing an interesting niche in the simulation industry. We previously had a simulation and training company here by the name of Opinicus, but just recently, they were acquired by Textron, which is a major corporation. So, Textron is now located in Pasco County, and they’re looking to do an expansion here, along with increased training in simulation development.
Another notable company is Aeronautical Systems Engineering, which does simulation development as well. They actually just completed an expansion into a 16,000-square-foot facility, so we have a few simulation companies here that have had tremendous growth recently.
What’s also interesting is that we have two pretty aggressive companies that are growing in the unmanned aerial systems industry. We’ve got Micro Drone Vision—which is a member of our Dade City Business Incubator—and then we have Turin Aviation Group in Zephyrhills. Both companies are pretty heavily involved in commercial applications for unmanned aerial systems, and both are doing very well.