A small delegation from South Korea of business and tech specialists paid a special visit to Osceola County last week as they looked build connections with local tech leaders to innovate and collaborate on new tech projects. The visit to NeoCity, BRIDG and UCF was a direct result of that strategic planning and business development effort. Last year, Osceola County Vice Chairwoman Cheryl Grieb was unable to complete her trip to South Korea due to the hurricanes Irma and Maria.

This return visit was organized as a potential major step in fostering connections between the County’s 500-acre technology district and an economy known for producing high-tech industrial goods. Our strategy is to engage in meaningful industrial and academic partnerships that drive innovation and nurture our investment in NeoCity,” said Grieb. “We are seeing global interest in NeoCity and I’m optimistic that our discussion with this group will help us develop connections that advance this project to the levels we envision in our strategic plan.”

During the meeting, many questions were discussed with the primary focus on opportunities for collaboration and joint research. Both sides indicated that a connected and international presence could benefit the area as a result of research, design and potential manufacturing opportunities. “We are pleased to learn of the technology and development opportunities here in Osceola County and BRIDG. We look forward to continuing the dialogue to find and establish collaboration and partnerships to support the County’s vision,” said Yoon Won Suh, Executive VP, LG Technology Center of America. NeoCity, which opened in 2014, is driving Osceola County to become a significant and comprehensive global center for smart sensor, photonics, and nanotechnology research and development, big data/predictive analytics, and workforce talent concentration have been shared priorities for the entire community.