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Professor MJ Soileau receives Economic Development Commission (EDC) Chairman's Award

Professor MJ Soileau received the Economic Development Commission (EDC) Chairman's Award at the 2014 James B. Greene Annual Awards dinner on April 3, 1014.

"Soileau was the first director of UCF's now internationally recognized Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL). In 1999, Soileau was named Vice President for the Office of Research and Commercialization, where he has built on his philosophy of supporting top faculty by coupling the university's research expertise to the economic needs of the community.

In his role at UCF, Soileau has emphasized the creation of new companies and jobs and remains a powerful advocate for partnerships, such as the Florida High Tech Corridor, that bring together university research experts and industry for the common goal of growing Florida's wealth-producing, high-tech industry."

About the Orlando EDC 
The Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) is a not-for-profit, private/public partnership. The EDC serves Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties and the City of Orlando in Florida. Since its start in 1977, the EDC, with the support of its community partners, has assisted thousands of companies relocate, expand and grow in the four-county Metro Orlando (Florida) region. This has led to more than 176,750 jobs announced; $9.5 billion in capital investment; and more than 79.7 million square feet of office and industrial space leased or constructed.

Posted Thursday, April 3, 2014

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