The Maritime and Defense Technology Hub is one year old! No matter which date you use to mark the milestone - lease, move-in, ribbon cutting - this is an achievement worth celebrating. The Hub is home to 21 organizations plus the Innovation District. These include small businesses, academia, government and nonprofits. All are focused on the maritime and national security sectors with a heavy concentration on technology. There are currently 58 employees who are based at the Hub, with an additional 63 who are part-time.
These individuals have taken their commitment to engage with the Innovation District and give back to the City seriously. They have hosted technology exchange events, participated in youth tours, donated classroom supplies, provided internships, and hired local talent.
It is daring to declare 2023 as the year of transformation for the St. Petersburg Innovation District. Especially since we reached new heights in 2022 that we had not even considered when the District began six years ago.
Curious what can happen when the USF College of Nursing and the St. Pete Innovation District work together? Listen to this 15 minute podcast conversation between Dean Usha Menon and Alison Barlow.
Mark your calendar! Next month - Saturday, February 18 - is the St. Pete Science Festival in conjunction with MarineQuest. Kids and adults will have opportunity to explore science and technology first hand with over 40 exhibits from NOAA, USF, Firestone Grand Prix, and more.