Congress Approves Defense Funding Bill that Includes $30 Million Intended for BRIDG Facility in Central Florida
Provision championed by Reps. Soto and Murphy in House; Sens. Rubio and Nelson in Senate
Washington, D.C. (September 27, 2018) – Congress has approved a defense funding bill that includes $30 million intended for the BRIDG facility in Osceola County. BRIDG, a non-profit public-private partnership, would use any funding it receives to establish a Microelectronics Cybersecurity Center and to develop trusted microelectronic devices in a secure environment to support the Department of Defense. This provision was championed by Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson in the Senate, and by central Florida Reps. Darren Soto and Stephanie Murphy in the House. Soto represents the BRIDG facility, which is located in Kissimmee, and Murphy represents the University of Central Florida, a key member of the BRIDG partnership.
“Central Florida is home to a thriving high-tech ecosystem, and we’re pleased the defense spending bill significantly increases resources to manufacture advanced technologies,” said Reps. Soto and Murphy. “
“The investments that the Central Florida region
“This strong show of support from Congress for the innovation that is driving our economy is a huge win for the Orlando region,” said Tim Giuliani, President
Earlier this month, Rep. Soto and Rep. Murphy sent a letter to the Appropriations Conference Committee urging the $30 million intended for BRIDG be retained in the final bill. The defense funding bill was approved by the Senate last week and by the