Tallahassee’s Innovation Park has named two cash grant winners through its TechGrant Competition program. Manser Edbrooke Technology, which won first place and $15,000, develops prototypes that give customers the opportunity to explore and refine product concepts and demonstrate functionality before paying to fully develop the product. “Our goal is to refine this technology and increase the rate and quality of rapid prototyping,” said Patrick Manser, CEO and co-founder of MET.
Moye Consultants, which won $10,000, provides electrical engineering services and specializes in the design of energy storage technologies. The company also creates designs for electrochemical energy storage devices and other electrochemical techniques, including water purification systems.
Since its inception in 2005, Innovation Park of Tallahassee’s TechGrant program has awarded more than $500,000 to more than 30 start-up companies.
- The University of West Florida awarded its first doctorate in its Intelligent Systems and Robotics program. Taher Rahgooy obtained his doctorate in December. He was one of the first five doctoral students. candidates in the 2-year program affiliated with the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.
- The University of West Florida has received a $3 million grant extension from the National Security Agency to expand the CyberSkills2Work national cybersecurity workforce development program launched in 2020.
- HCA Healthcare awarded Florida A&M University’s School of Allied Health Sciences a $1.5 million grant to fund scholarships aimed at attracting more undergraduate students interested in healthcare careers.
- This year, Gulf Power fully transitioned to Florida Power & Light. The Pensacola-based power company was acquired by FPL parent company NextEra Energy in 2019 for $5.75 billion. Gulf customers now see the new FPL logo on their invoices, as well as on company offices, service vehicles and uniforms.
- TRS Capital, based in Fort Walton Beach, now owns a majority stake in Alta Electronics, a Canadian supplier of wire harnesses, cables and electrical components to the automotive, telecommunications, defence, heavy equipment and aerospace. Robert Sires, founder and CEO of TRS Capital, an early-stage investment firm, said TRS will help Alta expand its products in the United States.
- Tyndall Air Force Base will receive $450 million in federal funding for new construction. A few miles south of Panama City, Tyndall had more than 500 buildings damaged in 2018 by Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 storm. Eglin AFB will receive a $100 million construction allowance, including $40 million for the initial planning and engineering of a weapons technology integration center.
- FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance CEO Scott Luth said Circulogene, a medical technology company, will expand its operations to downtown Pensacola. The expansion should create some 70 jobs. FloridaWest, along with the University of West Florida, has been working with the company since August 2020 to expand its cancer screening and diagnostic services.
- A 240-unit upscale residential complex is under construction in downtown Pensacola. Plans by developer Kore Co. of Birmingham, Alabama, include studios, three-bedroom apartments and sheds. Holder Nevins, director of Kore, said construction of the Garden Street apartments is expected to be completed by the first half of 2023.
- Noble Investment Group, an Atlanta-based minority hotel group, has purchased Hyatt House Tallahassee from West Virginia-based Mountain Shore Properties, the hotel’s original developer. The five-story, 120-room Hyatt House opened in February 2020 and is located near the entrance to the Railroad Square Art District in downtown Tallahassee.