2018 Gamechangers: NeoCity’s Chester Kennedy reveals goals, trends ahead

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    Staying busy is an understatement for Chester Kennedy and his staff at the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center.

    The CEO of BRIDG — the group that will manage and operate the $70 million, 109,000 square-foot smart-sensor research center in Osceola County — is tasked with making sure the facility gets up and running with expensive, high-tech equipment. He’s also maintaining dozens of relationships with executives of potential partner companies.

    The research center anchors and serves as a magnet for the 500-acre tech mecca, NeoCity. And elite tech companies may be paying closer attention as the center becomes a top place for research and development of smart sensors — microchips that enhance the internet of things industry that has a predicted global impact of $154 billion by 2020.