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The Florida High Tech Corridor Council (FHTCC) is a regional economic development initiative of the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF) whose mission is to grow high tech industry and innovation in the region through research, workforce and marketing partnerships. A partnership involving more than 25 local and regional economic development organizations (EDOs) and 14 community colleges, the Council is co-chaired by the presidents of UCF, USF and UF. The Council includes the presidents of two of the community colleges, the president of Florida Institute of Technology and representatives of high tech industry. The unique partnership has resulted in a strategic approach to high tech economic development that involves matching funds research, workforce development and a marketing program leveraging governmental, EDO and corporate budgets on a regional rather than local basis.
The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention based enterprises to promote economic growth in the US and social and economic progress for the poor in developing countries. Established by prolific US inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy in 1992, to date the Foundation has provided or committed more than $175 million in grants and PRIs in support of its mission.
For more information, visit http://lemelson.org.
Smith & Hopen is the largest law practice on Florida’s West Coast exclusively devoted to Intellectual Property (IP). Ron Smith and Anton Hopen are both Board Certified in IP, the highest level of recognition by the Florida Bar of a lawyer's competency and experience. Only 121 out of 88,000 attorneys in Florida are Board Certified in IP. Every practitioner at Smith & Hopen is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and holds a science or engineering degree.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities is a consortium of 102 doctoral degree-granting universities and colleges whose legacy stretches back to the Manhattan Project. ORAU is also a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that supports a number of federal government agencies and programs, and that manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the U. S. Department of Energy. ORAU’s activities include fellowship and scholarship programs, research participation, internships, travel and special events programs (such as the National Academy of Invertors Conference), high performance computing grants, faculty awards, HBCU summer programs, and technology awards. Simply put, it pays to be a member of ORAU.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities, a distinction attained by only 2.2 percent of all universities. It is ranked 44th in total research expenditures and 34th in federal research expenditures for public universities by the National Science Foundation. The USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion, an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion, and serves 47,000 students in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland.