By Paul Brinkmann, Orlando Sentinel
The ambitious high-tech research project near Kissimmee, known as BRIDG, held its official opening Thursday morning.
The hope for the project is that it will eventually attract thousands of high-paying tech jobs to an area known more for budget motels near Disney World. BRIDG is moving into its brand new 109,000-square-foot facility, the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, on the former Judge Farms property.
The facility is aimed at developing new advanced semiconductor designs for microelectronics, nano-electronics, sensors, fiber optics and photonics. Its design center will seek new electronics ideas and help make them a reality.
The project was guided by University of Central Florida and other universities, the High Tech Corridor and other private parties. UCF has been helping BRIDG pursue federal contracts that would build sensors and other photonics technology at the facility.
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In a former cow pasture at a point almost equidistant from both Launch Pad 14 at Cape Canaveral where Americans first broke the bonds of earth and the place where Walt Disney created what would become the “happiest place on earth,” work has begun on yet another exciting new project that its founders say will position Florida for global leadership in a far different field … integrated photonics and advanced manufacturing.
This one is as high tech as Disney’s playground is high-touch, and has roots that can be traced to technologies we would never have known had not NASA begun launching into space from Brevard County. There are many unique similarities, not the least of which is that many say this will be as transformative for the region’s economy as was the Space Race and the magical world Walt Disney promised a half century ago.
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