Florida’s high-tech economy matures


Usually when we think of technology, the mind turns toward California’s Silicon Valley, the Research Triangle in North Carolina, Route 128 around Boston and Austin, Texas.

It’s now time to add Florida’s High Tech Corridor to the mix. The Corridor runs from Tampa Bay through Orlando and to the Atlantic Coast, with an important “bump” reaching up to Gainesville.

The Corridor is anchored by three great state universities — the University of Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of Central Florida. Other important schools also play a vital role, including Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne and Florida Polytechnic in Lakeland, among others.