BRIDG Monthly Newsletter | April 2019
Chester Kennedy Headshot
I want to open this month’s newsletter with a heartfelt THANK YOU to those in the Florida legislature and our community who have worked tirelessly to secure funding for BRIDG! Your support has been absolutely essential since the very beginning. BRIDG and the economic impact that this project has already started to make in the state of Florida is only possible through continued investments in the operations and infrastructure of BRIDG.

This infrastructure could not be coming online at a more critical time to support our economic and national security needs. Throughout our journey, we have consistently warned that the security of our critical infrastructure depends not only on software protection layers, but also on the strength of the capabilities that are embedded in hardware itself—from weapons systems and traffic grids to banking infrastructure and utility networks, and more. On May 15, President Donald Trump echoed our concerns as he issued an executive order declaring a national emergency to protect the U.S. information and communications technology services supply chain. The following day, the Wall Street Journal published an article summarizing serious cybersecurity threats that impacted several high-profile companies within the span of a week. In each of these cases, cyber weapons exploited hardware and software vulnerabilities that recently surfaced in today’s cyber warzone—emphasizing the need to develop robust hardware and software protections as our nation’s 5G infrastructure gets deployed.

As most of our readers know, our Florida federal delegation has recognized this need and worked to allocate federal funds within the Department of Defense budgets to strengthen hardware-level security and create a multilayered defense against cybersecurity threats. We and the members of congress who have worked with us realize that the investments Florida has made in our facility positions BRIDG to provide unique solutions to some of the most difficult challenges presented by the overall ecosystem of the supply chain for components of critical infrastructure.

I hope that each of you takes pride in what the region has done to ready our state to contribute to a more cyber-secure world. From the great academic accomplishments in software cybersecurity made at the University of Central Florida and demonstrated by their Hack@UCF cyber defense champions, to the unique capabilities of the University of Florida’s Florida Institute for Cybersecurity Research, to the incredible infrastructure we have right here at BRIDG, Florida stands strong as we work to ensure a safer cyber experience for our future.

Chester Kennedy
BRIDG is a Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award Finalist
BRIDG was recently named a finalist for the 2019 Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards, representing independent companies with 26-50 employees. Presented by the Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes, the awards recognize the state’s high-performing manufacturers for excellence in six key categories: leadership; strategic planning; customers; measurement; analysis and knowledge management, workforce; and operations. 

"We are humbled to receive this recognition from two organizations that we respect so highly for all that they do year-round to improve the competitiveness of Florida-based manufacturing companies," said BRIDG CEO Chester Kennedy. "Thank you FloridaMakes and the Florida Sterling Council for your confidence in BRIDG."

The winners, chosen from the finalists, will be announced May 31 st during the Sterling Awards Banquet at the JW Marriott in Orlando.
Special Guests
We were pleased to welcome Representative Mike LaRosa and Florida’s Secretary of Commerce, Jamal Sowell, to our facility earlier this month. Secretary Sowell also serves as Enterprise Florida President and CEO. In addition, we hosted the economic development team from Florida Power & Light at BRIDG this week. Thank you to all who joined us! It is always an honor to showcase our facility and share the many exciting things that are happening at BRIDG and at NeoCity. 
Siemens Spotlight on Innovation
Chester Kennedy recently joined high-tech industry leaders at the Siemens Spotlight on Innovation, where many of the country’s foremost technologists and innovators shared a real-world look at the technologies helping businesses and cities around the world unlock their potential. During his presentation, Kennedy discussed how digital twin technology can be leveraged to ensure devices are secure at the hardware level. Thank you to Siemens for featuring BRIDG at this event—we are so proud to be a Siemens partner!
Imec USA is Hiring!
Our NeoCity neighbors at imec USA are currently looking for a Senior Researcher for Imaging Systems. Responsibilities for this role will focus on modeling, developing, prototyping, and analyzing imaging systems across many wavelengths.  Click here if you are interested in applying or learning more about the position.
NeoCity Update
Have you seen the latest aerial footage of NeoCity? Check out the video below to see all the progress on NeoCity Academy, the first NeoCity office tower, and the new KUA substation.
FloridaMakes MakeMore Manufacturing Summit | May 31, 2019
BRIDG will participate in the FloridaMakes MakeMore Manufacturing Summit, a leadership-focused meeting designed around connecting ecosystem stakeholders with the needs and realities of industry leaders from the manufacturing sector. Held at the JW Marriot Orlando – Grande Lakes, this annual event serves as a platform to exchange ideas around how our state resources are addressing the impact of market dynamics, economic trends and policies, and new technologies in the manufacturing sector. Click here for more information or to register. 
SEMICON West | July 9-11, 2019
BRIDG will be exhibiting alongside our partners from the Orlando Economic Partnership during SEMICON West, one of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturing and materials tradeshows. The event will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. If you are attending, be sure to visit us at booth #1643!
  BRIDG is located at NeoCity in Osceola County, Florida.