BRIDG Monthly Newsletter | September 2019
As the BRIDG team settles into our new office building, I have spent time considering the unique challenges that lie before us in this next phase of our journey— from doing our part to deliver the technical excellence that will inspire economic growth to helping build the STEM talent pipeline through our relationship with one of our most inspiring partners: NeoCity Academy . One of the most frequent questions we address in our discussions with companies that are candidates to relocate to Central Florida is whether or not the region has the ability to supply the talent that these businesses will require. With NeoCity Academy just down the road from BRIDG, I can honestly say that Florida is working hard to develop and retain a strong workforce to fill the high-tech, high-value jobs at NeoCity.

There is a bold educational transformation taking place in Osceola County as the faculty at NeoCity Academy delivers a fresh new approach to STEM-based education. Seeing how these students are responding to the unique opportunities they experience every day truly energizes every member of the BRIDG team as we work to ensure that these students have career opportunities waiting for them upon the completion of their chosen educational paths.

We are blessed to have NeoCity Academy as a constant reminder of the talent that exists right in our own backyard. I am confident our state will soon begin to see even more exciting progressions in the way we deliver STEM education to students, from kindergarten through college.

Come join us as we build tomorrow, today, here in NeoCity!

Chester Kennedy
Prioritizing Sustainability in Manufacturing
Did you know BRIDG has found a way to save millions of gallons of water – and tens of thousands of dollars – every single year? Our facilities team recently completed a water reuse project that allows BRIDG to save 6 million gallons of water and approximately $50,000 per year. Be sure to keep an eye on our blog for more information about this exciting sustainability initiative! 
Chester Kennedy Among Florida's Most Influential Business Leaders
BRIDG is proud to have our CEO, Chester Kennedy, featured for the second year in a row in Florida Trend’s Florida 500. Highlighted as a leader in manufacturing, Kennedy joins an esteemed list of 500 influential executives from different economic sectors throughout the state. Read Kennedy’s feature here. 
i4 Business Young Professionals
Please join us in congratulating Mandy Wilcox, BRIDG Manager of Contracts & Trade Compliance, on being featured as a young professional in the September issue of i4 Business . This special section highlights the young professionals who live and work in Central Florida, focusing on how they are shaping a culture in the region that is setting a precedent for innovation, industry, and inclusion. Be sure to read Mandy’s profile here .
Special Guests
Within the past few weeks, we have had numerous opportunities to showcase the BRIDG facility to our elected officials and community partners. Thank you to all of the many visitors that spent time with us this month: Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette M. Nuñez, Florida Representative David Smith, Nicole Petta of the U.S. Department of Defense, along with staff and faculty from Enterprise Florida, the Orlando Economic Partnership, NeoCity Academy, and the University of Tokyo.
ICALEO | October 7-10, 2019
BRIDG is proud to participate in the upcoming International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO), the world’s premier conference on advanced uses of industrial lasers. Hosted at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando by The Laser Institute, this event explores topics including laser additive manufacturing, laser materials macroprocessing, and laser nanomanufacturing. If you are attending, be sure to visit BRIDG at booth #625. More details here.
Synapse Orlando | October 18, 2019
Mark your calendars to visit BRIDG at 2019 Synapse Orlando, where companies, founders, artists and performers from across the region will gather to celebrate innovation in the Orlando region.  Click here  for more information or to register.
BRIDG is located at NeoCity, a 500-acre master planned development strategically positioned in Central Florida, in the heart of Osceola County.