Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) proudly presents the opportunity for qualified students to earn a degree and gain employment in areas of existing and developing disciplines with a focus on emerging technologies while contributing to the diversification of Soutwest Florida's economy.
The FGCU Emergent Technologies Institute (ETI) links these two mission critical elements of an emerging technologies marketplace with applied research focused on real world commercial and residential applications.
1) A recent Public/Private Partnership (P3) established with Mr. John Backe has provided to FGCU:
2) Competitive grant ($200,000) awarded to FGCU in 2011 from the State University System (SUS) Board of Governors to support the activities of the Backe Chair.
3) Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) award of $4.7 million granted in 2012 for Phase I of planning and development of FGCU Emergent Technologies Institute building.
1) Job Creation:
a) FGCU Emergent Technologies Institute = 215 jobs (see also page 3)
b) 10-year build-out of full FGCU Innovation Hub Park (start-up R&D’s) = 1012 jobs (see also page 3)
2) Regional Economic Development:
a) Southwest Florida (SWFL) is engaged in a dynamic effort to establish a regional economic development presence to market opportunities for expansion of existing businesses, development of start-ups that diversify the local economy, and attract companies to relocate to the region.
b) SWFL is home to a population of more than 1,000,000 and a workforce that exceeds 500,000.
c) FGCU has been an active partner in branding efforts for improved regional marketing:
d) FGCU serves regional economic development as a:
3) Technology Incubation
“Techno-Tourism” - Visitors from across the US and the world will experience the demonstration of emerging technologies and their benefits as displayed in the FGCU ‘Techno Park’, an integral component of the Innovation Hub Park.
1) Continuation of STEM degree programming and production in various fields of Engineering;
2) Research collaborations leading to grant acquisition, R&D opportunities, patents, and commercialization of new intellectual property;
3) Creation of a unique research asset available for collaborative use by the entire State University System.