BRIDG Monthly Newsletter | January 2019
Chester Kennedy Headshot
Looking ahead in this new year, the many accomplishments of 2018 already seem but a distant memory. Since inception, the success of our unique public-private partnership remains dependent upon securing and aggregating funding from multiple sources to unlock our fullest potential. We build upon the infrastructure enabled by our founding visionaries – adding tools through state investments that extend our relevance and fills critical gaps in microelectronics manufacturing R&D – and we leverage these investments to secure contracts with industry and governmental agencies that builds additional proven capabilities and positions us to add greater value to industry. 
As we transition into 2019, our efforts continue to center around increasing the value of our infrastructure, focusing on finalizing current projects, securing new contracts, and closing on federal funding opportunities. We will also continue communication outreach initiatives, sharing the depth and breadth of our regional and national impact with our many elected officials who are all partners in ensuring BRIDG success. Bringing all of these elements together sets the foundation for a sustainable and continually relevant entity. This combination also unlocks substantial high wage job opportunities in the region. And even beyond the economic impact, we contribute to solving a growing national crisis that the Economist recently referred to as the “ Chip Wars .”
We look forward to a busy and exciting 2019 and thank you for your continued interest in BRIDG and NeoCity! Come join us as we innovate the future today at BRIDG in NeoCity!

Chester Kennedy
Mary Ellen Harrison
As CEO of GlobalGrowth Services, LLC, Mary Ellen Harrison is responsible for assisting companies to grow revenue outside domestic markets. As an international expansion expert, she works to build global sales channels, increase revenue and gain international market share. Harrison also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Nortis, Inc, a biotech company that has developed technologies for generating small segments of human tissues and organs in microfluidic chips for the in vitro study of human health and disease. 

Harrison has more than 20 years of experience bringing new products to market globally. She previously headed the HealthID Division for biotech company, PositiveID Corporation, and led business development at Sensei Inc., a mobile and web-based solutions provider formed by Humana, Inc. Harrison was the Global Head of Marketing and International Account Management for a $1 billion business unit within Tyco Inc. She worked in Europe for a decade where she served as Executive Vice President for Global Strategy and Business Development for a joint venture company funded by Oracle Corporation and Alcatel. She served on the Advisory Board for Arizona State University’s School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering and has held senior marketing, sales and strategy roles with global leaders such as AT&T and NCR Corporation.

Harrison earned a master’s degree from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Florida.
Upcoming Events
Synapse Summit | January 23 - 24, 2019
BRIDG will be participating in the 2019 Synapse Summit , where Florida-grown entrepreneurs and visionaries will come together in Tampa Bay to share groundbreaking ideas and inspire growth. 

If you are attending, be sure to stop by to see us at booth #134!
Florida Supply Chain | February 6 - 7, 2019
BRIDG vice president of program management, Fran Korosec, will be participating in the “Make -> Deliver” panel at the inaugural Florida Supply Chain Summit , a new platform for statewide collaboration among key representatives from industry, professional organizations, government, economic development agencies, and higher education for the purpose of advancing the state of Florida as a global trade hub. The event will be held at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Orlando.
GOMACTech | March 25 - 28, 2019
BRIDG will be participating as an exhibitor at GOMACTech . Established in 1968, the conference focuses on advances in systems being developed by the Department of Defense and other government agencies and has been used to announce major government microelectronics initiatives.

If attending, please visit us at Booth #309! 
  BRIDG is located at NeoCity in Osceola County, Florida.