2009 News

Incubator Program Underway in St. Cloud

The University of Central Florida, City of St. Cloud and Osceola County officials recently broke ground on a new Business, Technology and Research Center under construction at Stevens Plantation in St. Cloud. Dr. Tom O'Neal, executive director of the UCF Business Incubation Program, said the new facility will help accelerate new business startups with guidance, advice and business skills. "New businesses that start here in Osceola County will not want to leave here," O'Neal said.

Dr. Tom O'Neal, Exec Director, UCF Business Incubation Program, 407-882-1120, oneal@mail.ucf.edu
Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142, lvershelco@aol.com

St Cloud Incubator Ground Breaking

Pictured left to right: Chad Pert, Osceola Development Group, LLC; Ernie Gearhart, St. Cloud economic development consultant; Byron Knibbs, OUC; Dr. Tom O' Neal, UCF Dept of Research & Commercialization; Nick Gross, Jr., Osceola Development Group, LLC; Michael E. Harford, Osceola County Commissioner District 1; Fred Hawkins, Jr., Osceola County Commissioner District 5; Tom Griffin, St. Cloud deputy mayor; Mickey Hopper and Jay Polachek, St. Cloud city council members; Donna Hart, St. Cloud mayor; and Maria Toumazos, Osceola County Economic Development administrator