TECHNOLOGY LIGHTING SCHOOL: A major catalyst in the Southeastern US could be located in the heart of the state of Georgia.
A tech lighting technology school is currently being built at the University of South Florida, in Gainesville.
The university is currently in discussions with private investors about a move to the Florida Everglades, and is looking to attract students from across the state, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
“This school will allow students in the area to work alongside faculty from Georgia and other states who are studying the emerging technology, as well as other students in Southeast Florida,” university spokesman Scott Satterfield told the paper.
South Florida is known for being a hotbed of startup culture, with the state boasting the largest number of companies in the country.
A $50 million investment from private equity firm The Nature Conservancy will help build the facility, which will be known as the Technology Institute of South Tampa.
Satterfield said that the school would help create a hub of innovation for the region.
Georgia has a growing tech sector, with more than 50 companies currently registered in the state.
President-elect Donald Trump has promised to build the country’s largest technology university, which he said would be a $5 trillion economic engine.
Florida is a key destination for technology in the region, with a number of tech firms located in Florida.
Companies such as Twitter and Airbnb have recently relocated their offices to Florida, and Georgia Tech is also expanding its campus in Orlando, with plans to expand to the city by 2027.