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About Florida Photonics Cluster
 
Following the success of several optics and photonics industry groups around the country, the Florida Photonics Cluster (FPC) was incorporated in 1995 as the Florida Electro-Optics Industry Association by William C. Schwartz.  

Formed to support the growth and profitability of the photonics industry through the strength of a unified voice, the FPC is open to companies and organizations that provide optics and photonics products or services.  Based on the concept that the whole is better than the sum of its parts, the cluster focuses on the collaboration of various companies and organizations.  FPC is dedicated to enhancing the industry through this collaboration by bringing together the knowledge, expertise, and service that each company or organization has to offer the cluster.


 
 
 
FPC Goals
  • Foster the expansion and growth of Florida’s optics and photonics industry by partnering with economic development organizations, the state  universities and community colleges,  and local and state governments.
     
  • Market Florida’s optics and photonics companies worldwide.
     
  • Facilitate and provide a means of communication within the business community.
     
  • Partner with the Florida education community to enhance and develop a competent statewide optics and photonics-based workforce.

 

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Industry  Organizations/Partnerships
The Florida Photonics Cluster Recognizes the advantages of building strong relationships with those who are dedicated to leading the photonics industry into the future. Florida's commitment to the photonics industry is evidenced by strong economic development agencies and associations focused on attracting and retaining high-tech industry to the state.

Education  
Contributing to the strong workforce throughout Florida's photonics industry is an impressive educational system. FPC works alongside state universities and community colleges to provide industry input for curriculum development. These partnerships not only ensure graduates who are adequately trained for success in the photonics industry, they also allow the FPC to create strong ties with the students who will soon enter the in- demand workforce. The University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF), and the University of Florida (UFL) are three of the six state universities that offer a photonics curriculum, and that conduct more than $20 million in optics and photonics research.

UCF's CREOL, The College of Optics & photonics, one of only three degree-granting institutions in the United States and the first college-level institution, serves as a center of excellence in research and education for the photonics industry and is an active member and supporter of the FPC.
 



Marketing
The FPC offers several marketing opportunities to its members through a variety of means. Members receive visibility through FPC's meetings, press releases, marketing literature, trade shows, and website. Members are also granted access to an annual survey which offers insight on marketing within the photonics industry. The FPC serves as a communicator and representative of the photonics industry to decision makers across the state and around the country.

 


 
What's New?
For additional information about the FPC, please contact us.
Listen to the Podcast Shining a Spotlight on the Science of Light with FPC President Alex Fong - also free on iTunes!
 
 
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  News & Other Information
  For the latest new product announcements from FPC member companies, click on "Industry Announcements". For the latest general photonics news, press releases, and other announcements, click on Read Blog and sign up. Feel free to post a comment or ask a question on the Blog.  
            
 
  The FPC  
  The FPC is a 501c(6) not-for-profit corporation under IRS classification and is registered with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations. The Employer ID number (EIN), assigned by the State of Florida for the FPC, is 593352840. Because the FPC is a 501c(6) trade organizationi, donations (including dues) are not deductible as a charitable donation. They may be deductible as a business expense, but you will need to consult with a tax advisor to determine this for your company.  
     
 
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