Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Design Interactive will expand in Orange County. The company specializes in human-systems integration, including human performance assessment, training systems design and evaluation and usability engineering for the defense industry, other federal agencies and the commercial sector. The project will create at least 20 high-wage engineering and support positions and a capital investment of $800,000.
Founded in 1998 as a woman-owned small business by Kay Stanney, Design Interactive creates software solutions that are commercial, research and government contract-related. The jobs created as a result of this expansion will be mostly Ph.D.-level jobs that specialize in human-systems integration research and development (R&D). As a result of its expansion, Design Interactive is moving its operations to a larger facility in Orlando after also considering Virginia and Washington D.C.
Florida consistently ranks among the top five states in the nation in the receipt of Department of Defense contract awards. Florida defense and homeland security industry boasts more than 50,000 current defense professionals, more than 42,000 active duty military and large numbers of former military and NASA personnel comprise our impressive pool of workers with the skills and security clearances in demand by industry employers.
"Florida is home to one of the nation’s largest defense and homeland security industries, and few states can even come close to matching the scale and scope of our network of major contractors and suppliers," said Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope, who serves as President and CEO of Enterprise Florida. "The expansion of Design Interactive in Orlando is proof that Florida has the workforce and perfect business climate for companies to succeed."
This project was made possible with the help of close partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Orlando Economic Development Commission, Orange County and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.