Leveraging Advanced Technology for Regional Economic Development
Regionalism has become an essential strategy to economic development on a global scale. As municipalities struggle to compete in the economic landscape, it has become increasingly evident that they must combine their resources and collaborate on a common identity. This identity is often centered on the economic engine of choice, leveraging geographic strengths and human capital. The role of technology is often at the core of regional development. The Florida Panhandle boasts a wide potential for focusing on advanced technology as that core.
Join Dr. Stephen Dunnivant, the Dean of Gulf Coast State College’s new $35 million Advanced Technology Center, to learn more about this unique asset in our region. This 100,000 sq ft center focuses on developing the talent chain to support Cybersecurity, 3D and automated manufacturing, digital media, and more. Combined with embedded entrepreneurial programs and assets, this one-of-a-kind center is fast becoming the regional hub for technology innovation and economic acceleration. Your collaboration with this asset may well prove essential to our combined success.
Dr. Stephen Dunnivant is the Dean of the Advanced Technology Center at Gulf Coast State College. He is originally from upstate New York and a graduate of Gulf Coast State College, FSU, George Washington University, and the University of West Florida. He taught in the K-12 school system for 7 years and has been at Gulf Coast State College for over 17 years. He has presented at numerous national conferences and is a published educational author. As the Dean of the ATC, Dr. Dunnivant is responsible for merging the activities of the embedded Millaway Institute for Entrepreneurship, Small Business Development Center, and Fab Labs within the new $35 million center.