Innovation Park In Tallahassee, The New 'Silicon Valley'?

By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email
By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email
Innovation Park in Tallahassee, is bringing more world renowned high-tech businesses to the area. According to the Florida Taxwatch, it has already boosted the economy, since its start in the nineties.

Credit: Larry Gordon

By Elizabeth Nickerson
August 22, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - For more than twenty years, Innovation Park has made a home for world-class research and emerging technology. Technology that has changed the way we travel and even communicate. The park keeps expanding.

"It can not be done anywhere else in the world, so we have become the world-wide attraction for bringing in 1,500 researchers a year come to Tallahassee specifically for this magnetic lab," said Scott Hannahs, from the National High Magnetic Field Lab.

The Director of Operations for the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, calls it the Silicon Valley of Florida, after being one of four magnetic facilities in the world.

It has joined forces with universities in the area and international researchers come just to study new technologies in town.

"Diversify the economy and bring in high-wage jobs is a really good thing for this area," said Jerry Parrish, from the Florida TaxWatch. "It gives opportunities for our students in this area to stay in Florida, a lot of our high-tech graduates have to go to other states to get jobs and if they stay here, Florida can get a better return for the education dollars that we spent on them."

The one million square foot area has provided jobs for 1,500 locals since it's start.


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