We would like to bring to your attention a major project under development in the North Atlantic region of Florida.

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Recognizing the significance of preferred close proximity and a close working relationship between High-Tech companies, we will facilitate the presence and concentration of a wide variety of new and expanding High-Tech companies. This will include aerospace, biotech, energy, environmental, green technology, medical, metallurgy, railway, transportation and many more.

We understand the importance of ongoing personal contact between the scientists and engineers specializing in multiple technologies to create and implement new technological processes.

It is very important to take into consideration the way we address the issue of scientific support for the companies in this new high-tech location.

We are in the process of creating the unusual combination of U.S. universities and the European scientific community. First and foremost we are in ongoing contact with several Florida universities including; the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida, and the University of Florida. With the above mentioned universities, we are addressing two major issues: first - scientific support for the projects undertaken by the companies in the new high-tech zone, and second - educational effort to prepare the necessary engineering force.

MainLocationIn relation to the European scientific organization, we are working in close cooperation with the American company Ukraine Research Development E nterprise (URDE). URDE is in the final stage of signing an agreement (with limited exclusivity) with one of the largest scientific organizations in Europe the "National Academy of Science of Ukraine (NASU)", and institutes of NASU.

As of today URDE has the contract as the exclusive representative in the U.S. and Canada with the leading Institute of NASU "The Paton Electric Welding Institute" (which is conglomerate of scientific and engineering organizations, and experimental industrial complex).

The President of National Academy of Science of Ukraine (NASU) is the Academician Mr. B. Paton. He is also a general director of "The Paton Electric Welding Institute".

NASU consist of tens of scientific institutes with approximately 25,000 scientists and engineers (the technical part of NASU). NASU covers almost all aspects of science.

The following is one of the deciding factors in projected success of this new high-tech area.

NASU's Institutes have a large accumulation of Scientific/Engineering projects completed to the level of experimental equipment and systems. Due to the lack of experience dealing with Western standards and lack of financial support and practically no marketing experience, the absolute majority of those projects are shelved.

Despite above factors, we still need to recognize the scientific level of those projects is at the top of the world standards.

As we stated previously our goal is to bring to this new geographical high-tech zone primarily small R&D companies in the variety of technologies. In addition to the projects they are working on today, we plan to give them a chance to capitalize on a close relationship with NASU's Institutes. We plan to bring those ready-to-go projects to U.S. and Canadian standards. The companies can add to those projects their own ideas and in a very short period of time achieve substantial financial results. One more very promising possibility is to use the scientific knowledge and experience of NASU's Institutes to enhance the existing projects U.S. and Canadian companies are working on right now. Keep in mind a number of NASU's Institutes have very well developed experimental manufacturing infrastructure. A lot of projects in the past were done by NASU for the Soviet military, but it's not classified any longer. Using the manufacturing capacity of NASU's Institutes small and midsize American companies will suddenly find themselves able to produce experimental (or a small series) of the hardware they have designed. This will be much higher quality, and accomplished in a much shorter period of time, with the costs at the same or even lower than in Asia. Keep in mind the manufacturing divisions of the Institutes are primarily staffed with a very skilled blue collar workforce.

Now let me address the financial side of this relationship. The blue collar workforce, engineers, and scientist compensation is drastically lower than in U.S. and Canada.

BuildingParkingDiffTo reiterate, the level of knowledge and professional experience of this workforce is equal to or surpasses the level of professional performance in the general manufacturing environment in the U.S. and Canada.

We would like to present to you one more URDE partner- KPI (National Technical University of Ukraine) one of the largest technical universities in Europe. As of today we have signed an exclusive representative (for U.S. and Canada) contract with KPI and two major R&D organizations Science Park "Kyivska Polytechnika" and LLC "Polyteco".


The following are the five major fields where KPI are putting concentrated effort:

  • Sustainable energy
  • Advanced IT
  • Biological engineering and Biotechnologies
  • Analysis and Strategic Planning of Megapolysis Infrastructure
  • Special and Double Purpose Systems.

Let us address another aspect of bringing R&D projects to the practical use. Very often U.S. and Canadian companies are forced in this stage to look for the opportunities to develop factories in Asia or Central and South America primarily driven by labor cost. A big problem is lack of qualified (well-educated and experience workforce) in those parts of the world. More than that is a lack of the technological culture of middle level management through blue collar workers. This is something that you simply cannot train and educate to, but rather requires generations of all levels of professionals working in a proper environment. Specifically, administrators, engineers, technicians, and blue collar workers.

In the former "Soviet bloc" and specifically the Ukraine, Russia, Baltic Republics, Poland, Czech and so on starting from the education of scientists, engineers, technicians, and blue collar workers the professional knowledge and quality controls are very similar to standards of Western Europe, the U.S. and Canada.

Everyone is aware that due to a completely ineffective economic system in the "Soviet Bloc", all the effort of highly qualified people was far from being effective.

We can have same low cost of developing and manufacturing high-tech elements with unquestionable higher quality compared to Asian countries.

Silicon Valley Florida Association, Inc. is actively recruiting R&D companies to relocate to the new high-tech zone:


Sources of engineer workforce

The following educational institutions:

  • University of Florida at Gainesville
  • Florida State University at Tallahassee
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • Daytona State College
  • University of North Florida
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University at Tallahassee
  • St. Johns River State College
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University at Daytona
  • Jacksonville University
  • Flagler College


Financial aspects of relocation

Here are the major factors:

  • The State of Florida does not have a state income tax (corporate or individual)
  • The cost of buildable land (at least for now ) is relatively low
  • The cost of commercial development (including the construction) - 50% to 60% lower
  • Commercial rent or lease extremely favorable
  • The previous factors are not one time incentives, but rather ones to be a permanent part of the positive bottom line for corporations
  • Taking in consideration the fact that for small R&D companies, at least those owned by group of partners (major producers), the cost of living savings (specifically housing) can be considered a substantial addition to the positive bottom line
  • The residential cost three to four times lower


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