• State spends big to keep cutting-edge work in Central Florida


    ORLANDO, Fla. - The state is spending big money to ensure that Research Park, the epicenter for cutting-edge technology and simulation in Florida, doesn’t go anywhere.
    Jack Stubb’s lab at University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training is transforming the medical industry.
    “I know to within less than a millimeter what the three-dimensional map of your face is,” Stubb told Channel 9 Anchor Nancy Alvarez, when he did a 3-D scan of her face.
    Stubb can use a 3-D printer to scan someone’s face, making a model that doctors can later use to improve their techniques.
    “For medical purposes we can give you a broken jaw and then practice how to repair it,” Stubb said.
    Tom Baptiste, the president and CEO of the National Center for Simulation and a retired lieutenant general, said Research Park was empty 30 years ago, but $14 million is heading from the state to help the area keep up with its growth. It’s the last part of a three-year funding effort totaling $42 million.
    The $14 million will go toward purchasing buildings and offering space to the military at a lower cost, giving the government and industry leaders another reason to keep their business in Central Florida.
    “The modeling and simulation and training industry employs 27,000 people across the state. Their average salary is 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 times the rest of Orange County,” Baptiste said.
    The funding is another guarantee the cutting-edge work, which Florida leaders said the state can’t afford to lose, will continue.

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