The Florida High Tech Corridor launched Cenfluence in partnership with Orange County, to promote growth throughout regional industry clusters, helping to diversify Central Florida’s economy beyond tourism. Cenfluence fuels high-tech industry growth in four clusters: energy and environmental studies; gaming, entertainment, and e-sports; learning sciences and human performance; and life sciences. Cenfluence provides free support to 100+ Cluster Member companies and is one of only 20 North American cluster management organizations recognized by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform.
“This award recognizes not only the tremendous work of our team, to build and grow thriving clusters but also those leveraging the power of the region in support of Central Florida innovators, who are changing the world with their ideas,” said Paul Sohl, CEO of the Florida High Tech Corridor. “Through Cenfluence we are forging internationally recognized industry clusters and catalyzing the creativity of our region to expand economic opportunity.”
Sohl attended the Site Selectors Guild annual conference in San Antonio to accept the award on March 30, 2023. This is the third-annual presentation of the Community Innovation Award.
“The Florida High Tech Corridor is setting Central Florida up for long-term economic opportunity and the Guild is proud to recognize its strategic development of Cenfluence,” said Gregg Wassmansdorf, Site Selectors Guild board chair and senior managing director, global consulting at Newmark.
About the Florida High Tech Corridor
An economic development initiative of three research universities—the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida, and the University of Florida—The Florida High Tech Corridor converges and catalyzes the capacity of high tech, innovative, and bright minds across a 23-county region to generate a global ripple effect that advances the lives of people in the communities it serves. Powered by an ethos of collaboration, The Corridor aligns opportunities and resources in academia, industry, and economic development to unleash the region’s expotential.
Cenfluence is a program of the Florida High Tech Corridor and Orange County that establishes organizations within a formal cluster structure with all the benefits that clustering activities have to offer, resulting in expanded economic opportunities and increased job opportunities for Central Florida. Cenfluence works with local organizations (Cluster Members) to leverage synergies within the cluster community, existing regional strengths, and a well-established global network to address the specific needs of Central Florida businesses.
About the Site Selectors Guild
The Site Selectors Guild is the only association of the world’s foremost professional site selection consultants. Guild members provide location strategies to corporations across the globe and for every industry, sector, and function. Founded in 2010, the Site Selectors Guild is dedicated to advancing the profession of international corporate site selection by promoting integrity, objectivity, and professional development. Members are peer-nominated and vetted and must demonstrate significant professional location advisory experience. In 2022 alone, Guild members facilitated the committed or announced creation of approximately 120,000 jobs and $268 billion in capital investment by corporate clients, which required location analysis across 81 countries. Guild membership is the highest standard in the site selection industry. For more information, visit siteselectorsguild.com or follow @siteselectguild on Twitter.