Laser-Focused On Progress

Perfectly positioned within Florida’s High Tech Corridor, Central Florida is a clear choice for cutting-edge businesses in search of a location combining low operating costs with an abundant, highly-skilled workforce.

Focus Areas

  • Research & Engineering
  • Information Technology Services
  • Innovative Technologies
  • Autonomous Vehicles and Unmanned Systems
  • Electronics

Central Florida is home to more than 11,500 high-tech companies, including state-of-the-art data and disaster recovery centers. Our inland location offers a strategic choice for companies in search of protection against flooding and other natural disasters. Cologix recently invested more than $20 million in their Lakeland location, citing the city’s centralized access to multiple markets and abundant technology providers as primary reasons behind their choice. In Winter Haven, Protected Trust provides server colocation, disaster recovery and other cloud-based data protection services from their fully-secure downtown location. The newest addition to the technology cluster is SunTrax — a 2.25 mile track and an infield focused on autonomous vehicle research.

As the number of high-tech companies in the area continues to increase, so does Polk County’s ongoing commitment to cultivating a tech-savvy workforce. Our students have opportunities for unique engagement with the STEM disciplines as early as middle school. In addition to the STEM-focused Polk Academies, creative partnerships between education and industry have also bred programs like MERIT—Medical, Engineering, Robotics Innovation for Tomorrow—a result of Florida Polytechnic University and Lakeland Regional Health’s collaborative effort to introduce ambitious students to state-of-the-art surgical robots used in today’s operating suites.

Overall, Central Florida’s location at the epicenter of the state’s high-tech cluster guarantees that companies within this industry have access to the workforce, infrastructure and business climate they need to get started quickly and achieve long-term success.

Featured Employers

Leading Education Programs

Florida Polytechnic University: The latest addition to Florida’s State University System, Florida Polytechnic is exclusively dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). With a groundbreaking curriculum shaped by professors and industry professionals alike, students graduate fully prepared for workforce success.

Polk State College – Aerospace Sciences: Polk State College now offers a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Sciences with concentrations in Aerospace Administration and Professional Pilot Science—the first of its kind at any public college in Florida.

Recent News:

Florida Poly Partners to Research and Test Self-Driving Vehicles
TECO’s Powerful Investment in the Community
Robotics could Propel Economic Development in Polk County
Autonomous Technology Will Impact More Than Just Cars
Autonomous Vehicles: The Future of Driving and Central Florida’s Economy
Partnerships Provide Bright Future for SunTrax, Auburndale, Florida Polytechnic
Robotics Students Feed the Talent Pipeline
ArrMaz Opens Technologically Advanced Research & Development Facility