UCF lays off BRIDG workers but remains tethered to Osceola County tech facility

A once-promising partnership between UCF and Osceola County meant to broaden the economic prospects of the low-wage tourism region near the theme parks has dissolved into a tense relationship, layoffs and an uncertain future.

The deterioration of BRIDG, a semiconductor chip research and manufacturing facility that was to be the anchor of Osceola’s NeoCity development, accelerated as tourism evaporated with the spread of coronavirus and Osceola’s unemployment rate soared to the highest in the state at more than 20% in July. Read more here.