This week in the Orlando region, we learn about new opportunities for the region’s tech companies from football to medical devices.
Message from the Orlando Tech Council Chair
Members of the Orlando Tech Community,
Happy Friday. There is more good news this week showing promise of new high-tech jobs in the Orlando region from biotechnology for COVID safety, to space exploration, and even college football.
Big news for EA Sports as they announced to ESPN the return of College Football to the brand. That game’s development HQ is still TBA but with the Orlando region’s global reputation for producing top game development talent, we’re optimistic this title will call Orlando home. Last year, the Orlando Economic Partnership talked to Orlando Tech Council member Daryl Holt about why EA Sports believes in Orlando and he shared that it comes down to “…two reasons – talent and teamwork… ” Holt is the president and general manager, EA Tiburon, EA SPORTS Austin, EA SPORTS Madrid at Electronic Arts Tiburon. Read more on the college football announcement here.
In other big news, Orlando-headquartered AeroCare announced a merger with AdaptHealth Corp in a $1.1B transaction . Founded in 2000 by CEO Steve Griggs, AeroCare has over 20 years of consecutive revenue growth and is yet another example of how tech companies in the Orlando region are finding the resources they need to scale. With a workforce of more than 112,000 across the region, Orlando’s life sciences industry is renowned for its collaborative and entrepreneurial environment anchored in state-of-the-art educational and research facilities. Congratulations to Steve and the team! Check out more about the $1.1B merger here.
In OTC news, our Leadership Committee is making great progress to make sure our growing number of Council members are plugged in and able to make an impact in the part of the community they care about while working with a group of motivated leaders, while being fully supported in their efforts. If you want to be part of this growing wave of leaders that are impacting our region, reach out to us today.
Stay tuned for more news, events and ways to connect with the Orlando region’s tech and innovation economy.
Orlando Tech Council Chair
Profiles in Tech
Sydney Rossman-Reich, Managing Partner, PRN Real Estate & Investments, Ltd.
Sydney tells us what makes the Orlando tech ecosystem unique and what has kept her family business in the region for more than 50 years. Read more about Sydney’s story here.
Save the Date | Upcoming Events
Events for the Week of February 8
Tuesday, February 9
4:30 p.m., Synapse – Libate and Learn 27 – Gaining Traction: Making Leadership Fun & Effective
Wednesday, February 10
9 a.m., 1 Million Cups (1MC)
11:30 a.m., Grow FL – Looking at Your Balance Sheet from a Different Perspective
Events on the Horizon
February 6-March 14 – Creative City Project’ – Down the Rabbit Hole
February 12-15, 2021 – Otronicon
February 17, 2021 – UCF Technology Ventures Symposium
February 18, 2021 – GrowFL Companies to Watch
March 3-4, 2021 – Florida Venture Forum
March 8-11, 2021 – Synapse Summit
March 18, 2021 – Avalon Park Group – The 5th Floor co-working space grand opening
ICYMI | News from the Orlando Region
- Space Coast engineering companies thrive, expect bright futures despite COVID-19 – Orlando Sentinel
- EA Sports to do college football video game – ESPN
- DeSantis vows to punish Big Tech for targeting conservatives – Orlando Sentinel
- BioAssured Certifies ‘Gold Standard of Clean’ – i4 Business
- Orlando ranks among the best metros for STEM professionals – Orlando Business Journal
- Security concerns will drive demand for airport technology over the next five years – Building Design + Construction
- Q&A: the future of airport design with Curtiss Fentress – Airport Technology
- View Smart Windows Elevate Lake Nona, America’s Most Innovative Community – Valdosta Daily Times
- Engineering firm CLX bounces back from pandemic-related sales plummet with new jobs. Here’s How. – Orlando Business Journal
- Biomed touts results of Impella study – Mass Device
- EA Sports exec: Employee groups key to attracting Black talent to tech industry – Orlando Business Journal
- Businesses, Orlando region will shape need for transportation tax – Orlando Business Journal
- Boeing to outsource IT work to Dell, eliminate 600 jobs – Click Orlando
- Brightline wants to share planned airport corridor with Sunrail. Here’s what’s next. – Orlando Business Journal
- AeroCare & AdaptHealth Complete $1.1B Merger – HomeCare
- Florida companies, including Publix, land on Fortune’s ‘Most Admired Companies’ list – Orlando Business Journal
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The Orlando Tech Council is composed of private industry, resource organizations and public partners that work to develop new programs with the core objectives: strengthen the Orlando region’s innovation resources, create new opportunities for companies to scale, and to amplify the region’s success stories, raising the global profile of Orlando as a leading community for entrepreneurship and innovation.