For months, plans for the new Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center have been underway.
Osceola County has already invested about $140 million in the center. Officials believe the new high-technology business center will create 10,000 jobs over the next 10 years.
However, things changed when Governor Rick Scott approved the budget, vetoing $10 million that would have gone towards the FAMR Center.
Without those funds, officials said they won’t be able to hire as many people as they hoped over the next 10 years.
Which isn’t great news for people like University of Central Florida student Trip Humphries, who has been looking forward to possibly working for the new research facility.
“There they would have advanced materials and advanced manufacturing materials that we don’t necessarily have here,” Humphries, said.
The FAMR Center will focus its efforts on sensor research. Sensors, found in smart phones and scan cards, are used to detect movement and touch.
Sensor research provides high-paying jobs as well, which is something county officials said is crucial to developing the economy here.
Despite the veto, the county is moving forward with their construction plans. They still plan to be complete by 2017.
“The opportunity for growth and development hinges upon the states' involvement moving forward,” said Commission Chairman Brandon Arrington.
In the meantime, they have applied for a federal grant. Now they are concerned the lack of state funding could put that grant application at risk.