FORT MYERS, FL., May 6, 2008 The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership will host a launch event on Thursday, May 22, 2008, to discuss the opportunities for building a roadmap to local technology in Southwest Florida. The meeting will be held at WCI Pelican Preserve, 9802 Pelican Preserve Blvd., in Fort Myers, Florida. Registration begins at 4 p.m. with the presentation starting at 4:30 p.m.
The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership is one of a number of regional groups that help keep policy in line at the state level and keep their respective regions grounded by bringing influential members of the community together to share best practices. The group consists of technology leaders in the eight-county region, including Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Manatee and Sarasota counties.
According to Enterprise Florida, state colleges and universities performed more then $1.5 billion (2005) in sponsored research, working closely with business and industry to create cutting-edge technologies. Their work has generated more than $427.4 million in royalties to the state since the year 2000. It is hoped that a regional group could help to embrace this concept in Southwest Florida and further increase the statewide numbers.
“The pace of new technology, innovation-oriented business development in the United States has never been so rapid nor the competition so intense,” said Kevin Barnhill, Chairman of the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership. “Southwest Florida has yet to name its prominent newcomer, but the region has all the qualities to compete at this level.”
Speakers at the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership launch meeting will include Randy Berridge, President of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council; Tony DiBenedetto, President of Tribridge and Founder of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum; and Brian Mehaffey, Vice President of Engineering and CIO of Ave Maria University.
Event guests and sponsors include WCI Communities and AT&T. The meeting is open to the public. The cost is $15 per person in advance or $25 per person the day of the event. Registration is required either before the event by visiting online at www.SWFRTP.org or at the door.