WUFT News

Gov. Scott visits Gainesville, speaks about importance of technology

By on October 19th, 2012

Move over, Northern California. Gainesville is ready to be the new Silicon Valley.

That’s what Gov. Rick Scott told about 50 people today at the future home of Prioria Robotics in downtown Gainesville.

Scott visited the company, founded in 2003 by University of Florida engineering and business graduates, and spoke about how state universities are helping Florida become a mecca for technology.

“If you look at our commitment to science, technology, engineering and math degrees,” Scott said. “If you look at the talent of workforce we already have….We’re becoming the global player for trade. So you look at all those things, (and) it’s logical for us to be the next Silicon Valley.”

Scott credited the state university system, and UF specifically, for preparing students for new jobs focusing in science, technology, engineering and math.

In Gainesville, Prioria Robotics is part of a collaborative effort to bring technology to the city, Mayor Craig Lowe said.

Innovation Gainesville is a cooperative initiative by the chamber of commerce, the CEO, the city of Gainesville, University of Florida, Santa Fe College and other entities in the area to promote Gainesville as an area for technology and green energy development,” he said.

Prioria CEO Bryan da Frota explained that Prioria Robotics works on unmanned aircrafts to give the aircrafts more autonomy. Prioria has both national and international clients, but it hopes to build a unmanned-aerial-vehicle industry in Gainesville.

“Our robotic technology goes into the planes to make them smarter, to allow them to fly with more autonomy,” da Frota said. “So as airspace opens up, and there are more commercial applications for UAVs, we’re going to be building a UAV industry centered here in Gainesville.”

Hana Engroff wrote this story online.


This entry was posted in Health and Science, Technology and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Health and Science

Brain Training Center Treats Learning Disabilities

Brain Works in Gainesville uses auditory training to treat learning disabilities and brain trauma. It’s helped 13-year-old Nate with his dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia, but scientists question how effective the treatment really is.


UF Study Shows Grape Seed Oil Can Reduce Obesity

A new study has found that muscadine grape seed oil can help reduce obesity. Containing a vitamin E derivative, the oil can help prevent the formation of new fat cells.


Columbia County Upgrading Plumbing To Conserve Springs

The Columbia County Water Conservation project encourages commercial buildings to decrease water usage by upgrading to high efficiency plumbing models. This project will reduce the amount of water used per flush in a toilet, which can save about 90,000 gallons each day and 32.8 gallons per year.


Boil water

Precautionary Boil Water Notice Lifted For Marion County

Marion County Utilities issued a precautionary boil water warning Tuesday after water pressure levels dropped below the average rate. That notice has since been lifted following the completion of a biological survey showing the water was safe to drink again.


Taylor Dole, 23, bakes chocolate chai biscotti to distract her nerves the day before her thesis defense.

University Of Florida Services Offer Help For Anxiety

A growing number of college students deal with anxiety that impacts their daily life. School and social stressors cause many to struggle, but counseling, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy can help.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments