Building our Own Silicone Valley: How Osceola is Making it Happen (Signature Event)
Osceola County’s and the region’s future is on the cusp of becoming the fourth “silicon valley” in the U.S. The County has just opened what is only the third nanotechnology manufacturing center of its kind in the country, right off US 192 east of the City of Kissimmee. A similar economic development coup is what helped fuel the vibrancy of Austin, Texas with an economic development model that has generated a well-recognized high-wage, high quality of life region. The same business model is being applied here in Central Florida, and the excitement has taken root. Some of the world’s leading technology companies are committing to the sensor nanotechnology center at the 500-acre Neo City technology campus.
Come hear from the team who made it happen and from industry experts who bring the Austin experience to Osceola County. The panel will illuminate how NeoCity is planning for the future and how it will impact our regional real estate industry.
◾Don Fisher, Osceola County Manager
◾Bert Gyselinckx, Vice President, imec USA
◾Angelos Angelou, Principal Executive Officer, Angelou Economics, Austin, TX
◾Dave Sathoff, Managing Director, Hawthorne International, Austin, TX
◾Tim Guiliani, CEO, Orlando Economic Partnership
Don Fisher serves as the chief executive officer overseeing county operations, implementing Commission policies and preparing an annual operating budget. He manages all departments under the Board of County Commissioners and coordinates government operations with Constitutional Officers. Under Don’s leadership, Osceola County responded to the opportunity to form partnerships needed to locate, design and build the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center at the 500-area Neo City technology campus.
Angelos Angelou is the Founder and Principal Executive Officer of AngelouEconomics, bringing nearly 30 years of experience in economic & business development and site location consulting.
Angelos is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of the International Accelerator in Austin, Texas, which is focused exclusively on foreign born entrepreneurs and launching their technology startup businesses in the US. Angelos is an angel investor in half a dozen startups in Texas.
Bert Gyselinckx is the executive responsible for imec’s nano-electronics design center in Florida. The focus of the center is on non-visible imaging systems covering: IR, 3D, THz, and mm-wave imaging systems.
Bert Gyselinckx is a pioneer by birth and electrical engineer by training. Together with his team, he developed WiFi systems, smart watches, health patches and brain monitors of diverse ingenuity. The technologies he co-invented are deployed by both innovative semiconductor and consumer electronics companies as well as some start-ups he helped establish. Imec is
Dave Saathoff leads engagement in strategic planning, emerging technologies start-ups (from strategy to infrastructure build to operations), formation of international technology alliances, corporate finance, analytics for financial industry, business and economic development, government programs, management, board governance, and real estate analysis and investment (commercial and residential).
He was Co-Founder and CFO of NanoMedical Systems, and served as CAO of Sematech, a research and development of advanced chip manufacturing company that now has partners which represent half of the worldwide chip market.
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