Workshop in Orlando 6th December free to ETSA members and non-members.
The European Training and Simulation Association (ETSA) are organising a workshop with support from Enterprise Florida and Orlando Economic Partnership. The workshop, which will be free of charge to all attendees, will be held in Orlando, Florida on the morning of Friday 6th December 2019 (the day after I/ITSEC).
ETSA’s Chief Executive Officer, Steve (Wilkie) Wilkinson, would like to invite you to nominate a representative to attend. As space may be limited, priority must be given to ETSA members. However, additional places for non-ETSA members will be allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. So register your interest at the soonest opportunity by contacting Wilkie at firstname.lastname@example.org
The workshop is a half-day event designed to inform European organisations about the Modelling, Simulation & Training (MS&T) activities within the Orlando ‘simulation cluster’ and how to take part in, or take advantage of, these capabilities and opportunities.
On the Friday afternoon, there will be an optional visit to the infamous National Simulation Centre; a real treat for anyone who has not yet had the experience.
Additionally, on the Friday evening; Orlando Partnership would like to host the ETSA Workshop participants at a reception in Downtown Orlando where you will be able to meet with business and political leaders in the Greater Orlando Region. The Orlando Partnership will charter a bus to bring interested participants to the reception so they can see the ‘real’ Orlando.
If you, or someone in your team, are interested in taking advantage of this amazing informative networking opportunity, please contact me as soon as possible (without any commitment at this stage) in order that we can ascertain the level of interest and enable us to plan a suitably sized venue!
The attendees can expect to come away with a greater appreciation of:
- Information about who operates within the simulation cluster in Orlando (customer, industry and academia)
- Identification of potential partners in, and resource from, academia
- A route into US simulation procurement
- A route into Florida R&D funding with http://www.floridahightech.com/
- How to establish a base in Florida and Assistance (financial and advice) for setting up an office, or facility, in Florida
- Explanation of US trading limitations and how to overcome them
Many notable Florida experts who will be contributing to the workshop, including:
- Aerospace Director from Enterprise Florida
- A representative from the National Centre for Simulation
- Aerospace Director from Orlando EDC
All facilities for the event, including refreshments, will be provided at no cost to the attendees.
If you are interested, or require further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com
Steve R Wilkinson
ETSA Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: +44 (0) 7722 234 752
ETSA email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ETSA web: www.etsa.eu
Orlando Economic Partnership
The Orlando Economic Partnership is a public-private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization that works to advance broad-based prosperity by strengthening Orlando’s economy, amplifying Orlando’s story, championing regional priorities, empowering community leaders and building a brilliant region.
These five foundational objectives serve to improve the region’s competitiveness while responding to the needs of communities, residents and businesses.
Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a public-private partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida. EFI’s mission is to expand and diversify the state’s economy through job creation. In pursuit of its mission, EFI works closely with a statewide network of economic development partners and is funded both by the State of Florida and by private-sector businesses.
EFI’s activities have championed Florida as the premier location for business expansion and relocation, created a renewed interest both nationally and internationally in Florida as a top state for business, and resulted in a significant number of new jobs and capital investments.
Enterprise Florida recruits new business to the state, and works to retain and expand existing industry and business. EFI focuses its economic development efforts on a wide range of industry sectors, including aviation & aerospace, life sciences, information technology, defense & homeland security, clean energy, financial & professional services, manufacturing and beyond.
EFI is the state’s primary entity for trade and export development supporting more than 60,000 Florida exporting businesses. The organization also supports small and minority businesses through its capital programs. Another key aspect of EFI’s responsibilities is the marketing and promotion of Florida as a premier business destination.
‘Orlando Simulation Cluster’
Today, Orlando is recognized as the USA’s largest cluster of Modeling, Simulation and Training (MS&T) companies, and is quickly gaining the attention of global partners as the premier MS&T resource.
Through collaboration and Service teamwork, the Team Orlando community (a unique collaborative alliance formed by U.S. leading military modeling simulation training commands, and supplemented, supported and augmented by academic and industry leaders in the modeling and simulation, human performance and training domains) is providing innovative, inspiring MS&T work, while being good stewards of the taxpayers’ monies. But ultimately, we are working together to prepare and strengthen our nation’s Warfighters.
The sheer numbers: The U.S. military organizations in Orlando (Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force) are at the core of a simulation and training industry that contributes roughly $5 billion to Florida’s gross state product. Nearly 30,000 high-tech jobs, with salaries averaging $70,000 per year, directly support the industry. When combined with indirect and induced jobs, the industry employs more than 60,000 people. In all, 100-plus companies are active in what’s called the Metro Orlando MS&T (modeling, simulation and training) industry.
The growth hasn’t happened by accident. Aside from the statistics, there is uncommon synergy among multiple components.
Orlando is home to the Naval Air Warfare Center, Training Systems Division (NAWC-TSD); U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI); U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command Simulation and Training Technology Center; Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation; U.S. Marine Corps Program Manager for Training Systems; the Army Research Institute Human Research and Engineering Directorate; and the Coast Guard Liaison Office. For starters.
Each is located adjacent to the other at the 1,027-acre Central Florida Research Park, recognized among the world’s top 10 research parks, housing more than 100 high-tech companies. Along with the military, many have joined together to form Team Orlando, a partnership comprising military services, industry and academia that works to leverage resources. Additionally, the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training is located at the park, serving as one of the nation’s leading research centers for simulation, training, modeling, virtual, augmented and mixed reality research for both defense and commercial applications. Nearby, UCF has the largest program in the U.S. dedicated to MS&T, awarding both master’s and doctoral degrees in that arena.
ETSA has established itself as “The European Voice” of the MS&T community.
The European Training and Simulation Association CIC (ETSA) is a not-for-profit Membership Association. ETSA represents the European training and simulation community. It provides a non-partisan environment for government bodies, academia, users and suppliers within Europe to network, exchange opportunities, ideas, information and strategies on education, training and simulation technology & methodology.
ETSA undergoes, and co-ordinates, research, development and innovation work to promote and help instigate, improve and extend the widespread use and efficacy of modelling and simulation technologies (including virtual, augmented and mixed reality) and practices for training and other applications throughout the European community.
ETSA organises seminars, workshops, visits and interest groups. It runs a website through which ETSA members can access interesting and current information appertaining to the MS&T community; and provides Member discounts/benefits at many major training & simulation exhibitions, conferences and events World-wide.
If you have a professional interest in education, training, modelling and simulation in Europe, join Europe’s premier Association.