Maritime and Defense Technology Hub Soft Opening

The future tenants of the Innovation District's Maritime Defense and Technology Hub were introduced to the community during a soft opening on December 15.  Guest speakers Mayor Rick Kriseman, City Council Vice Chair Gina Driscoll, City Development Administration Alan DeLisle, Innovation District Board President Robert Kapusta and Executive Director Alison Barlow welcomed the new tenants. The guests enjoyed food, drinks and tours which captured the unique capabilities of the building. The space will have like-minded, future focused, technology-oriented organizations which will bring new opportunities to the St. Petersburg area.

Sixteen tenants are confirmed, including:

  • POLE STAR SPACE APPLICATIONS designs, builds, and supports Maritime National Data Centers on behalf of over 60+ governments including the USA, UK, Canada, Australia.
  • FLORIDA FLOOD HUB FOR APPLIED RESEARCH AND INNOVATION is a new state-wide collaboration led by the USF College of Marine Science to address the flooding, sea level rise and related challenges.  They will begin with a home at the Hub and then move to the new, proposed building for the USF Interdisciplinary Center of Excellence in Environmental and Oceanographic Sciences.
  • PVM performs technical engineering services and specializes in large, complex software systems involving big data.  With their move back to St. Pete and into the Hub, PVM is the largest minority-owned technology firm in the city.

Additional tenants will be announced in 2022.

source: SPID Nov/Dec Newsletter

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