This position reports to and provides support to the presidents of UCF, USF and UF, who serve as the co-chairs of the Corridor Council, which is funded by the state of Florida.
The Council’s mission is to attract, retain and grow high tech industry and the workforce to support it in the 23-county Corridor region through programs and partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce development, STEM education and entrepreneurship.
The unique Council partnership has resulted in a strategic approach to high tech economic development that involves matching grants for applied research in partnership with industry, workforce development and marketing programs that leverage governmental, corporate and economic development organization budgets on a regional rather than local basis. The Corridor functions as what has been called a “secondary economic development organization,” providing tools, resources and reputation to enhance the work of local and regional agencies as they seek to broaden local economies.
This executive oversees a broad portfolio of programs that supplement typical economic development programs, including:
- The Matching Grants Research Program (MGRP) is The Corridor’s signature effort. Having invested $80 million in state dollars since its inception, this applied research program matches company researchers with university faculty and graduate student researchers to help solve problems and help companies bring products and services to market. To-date, the program has had a verified downstream impact of more than $1 billion from 1,500 projects involving 425 companies, and more than 3,000 student and faculty researchers. Partner companies have added $182 million in corporate cash and in-kind investments in the projects.
- StemCONNECT cultivates a high tech workforce by encouraging middle and high school students to pursue STEM education, paving the way toward high tech careers through a virtual “expert in the classroom” program that has reached more than 13,000 students in 380 presentations streamed into 585 classrooms all over the state this year alone. The program transports tech leaders from business and academia over the web to tell engaging stories about interesting high-tech job opportunities. These two-way interactive presentations go beyond traditional classrooms to venues such as Boys & Girls Clubs, scout troops and Junior Achievement.
- The annual Corridor Talent Forum supports workforce development and graduate education by bringing Career Center directors from some of the nation’s finest universities to The Corridor to meet with employers who would otherwise have to travel to multiple campuses to interview top graduates who, once hired, become top prospects for graduate studies at our Corridor universities.
- The Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center (FLVEC.com) is an online community for entrepreneurs seeking to build their enterprise and connects not only the entrepreneurs, but also a wide variety of commercial and government resources essential to their success and to the creation of high-wage, high-value jobs.
The successful candidate will represent The Corridor in related organizations that advance the mission of The Corridor, including Florida Chamber Foundation, St. Petersburg EDC, Orlando Economic Partnership, BRIDG, Team Orlando, National Entrepreneurial Center, National Center for Simulation, Corridor Talent Forum, Metro Orlando Defense Task Force, GrowFL, Florida Venture Forum, Tampa Bay Tech and more.
The Corridor leader acts as the registered agent of the Council, oversees the day-to-day business of corporation, including but not limited to establishing the budget and managing the expenditure of Corridor funds at UCF, USF and UF related to matching grants research, marketing, workforce development and entrepreneurial programs, and serves as a member of each university’s MGRP Review Committee.
The day-to-day operations also include:
- Co-signing/approving all documents related to employment of the office manager, program and project administrators, and others as required;
- Engaging legal and other support organizations, establishing committees, preparing and issuing the annual and other reports to the co-chairs and Council members;
- Working closely with public relations and marketing professionals to maintain all Corridor marketing/communications efforts; and,
- Engaging, as appropriate, Core Team members and academic, corporate, governmental, CareerSource, EDO and community partners.
- Other duties as assigned
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: http://www.oie.ucf.edu/documents/PresidentsStatement.pdf. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.