Central Florida Research Park

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Central Florida Research Park
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Central Florida Research Park
Research Parkway
Orlando, Florida, USA 32826
Information
Established 1978
Area 1,027-acre (4.16 km2)
Partners 125+
Structures 60+
Employees 10,000+
Website Official Site
University of Central Florida

The Central Florida Research Park, is a research park abutting the main campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, United States. The Park was established as a result of legislation passed by the Florida Legislature in 1978, and is a cooperative effort between the University of Central Florida, the Orange County Research and Development Authority, and the Orange County Board of County Commissioners.

The Central Florida Research Park is the largest research park in Florida, the fourth largest in the United States by number of companies, and the seventh largest in the United States by number of employees. The governing body of the Park is the Orange County Research and Development Authority.

History[edit]

The university and officials of the Central Florida Research Park believe that the potential for the establishment of close ties between the university and industry will create an attractive environment conducive to the location of research-oriented industry in the Park. This activity will enrich and support the academic, teaching, and research programs of the university.

Planned to provide a campus-like environment for business adjacent to UCF, the Central Florida Research Park consists of over 1,000 acres (4 km²) of land. Businesses which desire a "university relationship" can purchase or lease land in the Research Park on which to construct a facility or can lease space for office, office/lab, or light manufacturing activities.

Location[edit]

The park covers over 1,027-acre (4.16 km2), directly south of UCF's 1,415-acre (5.73 km2) main campus in Orlando. Located approximately 13 miles (21 km) northeast of downtown Orlando and 55 miles (89 km) southwest of Daytona Beach, the park was built to supplement the university's goal of providing highly trained personnel to support the Kennedy Space Center and NASA, which is located only 35 miles (56 km) to the east.[1]

Partnerships[edit]

University organizations, including the Institute for Simulation and Training and the National Center for Forensic Science, are located in the Research Park. Given the importance of simulation and training to the Department of Defense, an extensive military presence is located in the park centered around the Orlando area's last remaining active duty military installation, Naval Support Activity Orlando. Tenant commands at NSA Orlando include the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, the US Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), Research, Development and Engineering Command United States Army Simulation and Training Technology Center (STTC), Marine Corps Program Manager for Training Systems (PM TRASYS), and the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation (AFAMS). Over $1.4 billion in federal contracts is awarded by the U.S. military each year for activities in the park.[2]

Notable tenants[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts About UCF". UCF Office of Institutional Research. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Government and University Organizations". Central Florida Research Park. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Research Park Tenants". Central Florida Research Park. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 

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Coordinates: 28°34′48″N 81°11′56″W / 28.5800°N 81.1988°W / 28.5800; -81.1988