UCF pitches idea to Orlando International Airport, where virus has prompted big budget cuts

As Orlando International Airport contends with a pandemic that has wiped out much of its traffic, busted its budget and caused unrest among workers at its major food operator, its board heard a proposal Wednesday from UCF that proponents say could provide a new flow of dollars less reliant on tourism.

UCF Board of Trustees Chairwoman Beverly Seay told members of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority that a “digital twin” campus potentially on airport property would capitalize on the university’s strength in the modeling and simulation field. The proposal offered few details and did not include information about how much it would cost or the amount of revenue it would generate. Read more here.