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The Florida Photonics Cluster (FPC) was incorporated in 1995 as the Florida Electro-Optics Industry
Association (FEOIA) and became the Florida Photonics Cluster in 2002. The FPC is designed to
support the growth and profitability of the Florida photonics industry through the strength of a unified
voice, and to make Florida the place to go for photonics solutions. The FPC is open to companies
and organizations that provide optics and photonics products or services, and also to non-photonics
companies who provide services and products to photonics companies. The FPC is dedicated to
enhancing the industry through effective collaboration by bringing together the knowledge, expertise,
and service that each organization has to offer.



 
 
 
  FPC Goals
 
  • Foster the expansion and growth of Florida’s optics and photonics industry by partnering with economic development organizations, the state universities and community colleges, and local and state governments.
  • Market Florida’s optics and photonics companies worldwide.
  • Facilitate and provide a means of communication within the business community.
  • Partner with the Florida education community to enhance and develop a competent statewide optics and photonics-based workforce.
 
 
 
  Membership Benefits

 
 
  • The strength of a unified industry voice for:
    • Marketing and increased visibility of the photonics industry and FPC members through strategic marketing efforts
    • Developing local and state executive and legislative support
    • Interaction with economic development groups
    • Workforce development, and advancement and improvement of educational infrastructure
    • Obtaining group discounts
  • Opportunities to participate in state and national sales and marketing efforts
  • Visibility for and ready access to your company through links from FPC’s website, marketing literature, and trade show displays
  • An expansive resource network that includes partnerships with Enterprise Florida, area economic development organizations, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, and UCF’s CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics to provide access to incentives, business development programs, research, and education.
  • Annual and regional meetings of membership for networking and special seminar presentations.
  • Participation in optics/photonics-focused data collection with a periodic survey monitoring the pulse of the industry
  • Opportunities designed to develop Florida photonics companies into worldwide market participants.
  • Opportunities to participate in curriculum development at state universities and colleges
  • Facilitated access to Florida’s best and brightest students and the additional ability to recruit nationwide through the FPC website
  • Membership Directory
    • Visibility to potential customers
    • Access to service providers that can assist your company and provide discounts
  • Spotlight on member companies and products through periodic newsletter
  • Several FPC member discount opportunities from photonics professional organizations, publishers, and service providers – see current listing at end of this application and on the FPC website.

Be sure to check the Additional Florida Photonics Cluster Member Benefits in addition to those listed above.

 
 
 

 
  Membership Categories & Annual Dues

 
   
Member Category Annual Dues
I. Active Core Membership (Voting - Class A): Any organization (other than government, not-for-profit, or academic)
or individual that designs, develops, manufactures, or commercializes products (components, systems, software,
consulting services, etc.) related to the practical application of photonics technology (as defined in the FPC Bylaws).
Student Member $25
Start Up & Sole Proprietor, Individual Member $100
1-9 Employees $250
10-99 Employees $500
100-250 Employees $700
250 + Employees - $800/yr $800
Out of State Industry Memeber (Out-of-State headquarters; no Florida operations) $500
Our-of-State Affiliate (Professional Service, Government, Academic, Non Profit $500
II. Supporting Membership (Voting – Class A): Any Florida-based organization (including
government, not-for-profit, or academic) providing products or services to the Florida
photonics industry. (Examples: accounting and law firm; investment banking and venture
capital group; government lab; university, school, or other division of an educational
institution providing instruction and/or conducting research in photonics)
$400


Sponsorship: A Sponsor is any organization, member or non-member, that wishes to
sponsor the overall activities of the cluster.
Bronze Patron $250
Silver Patron $500
Gold Patron $1,000
Platinum Patron $2,000
   
   
III. Associate Membership (non-voting – Class B): Any organization (including
government, not-for-profit, or academic) providing products or services to the Florida
photonics industry. (Examples: accounting and law firm; investment banking and venture
capital group; government lab; university, school, or other division of an educational
institution providing instruction and/or conducting research in photonics) An individual
faculty member may join for $50/yr.
$250


NOTE: FPC memberships renew on an annual basis on January 1. If your company is joining for the first time, you can join at a prorated amount to the above schedule as follows:

Date of Application   Prorated Dues
Mar 1- May 31   75% of full amount
Jun 1 - Aug 31   50% of full amount
Sept 1 - Nov 30   25% of full amount
Dec 1 - Feb 28   Full amount (13 month membership for Dec Applications)

NOTE: Please also consider all of the many benefits to FPC members, including joining the Industrial Affiliates program of CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics. Florida Photonics Cluster members receive a $300 discount to their CREOL Affiliates dues. To receive this discount, include a copy of your FPC membership application or dues payment with your Affiliates application or renewal. Information on the CREOL Industrial Affiliates can be found on the web at http://www.creol.ucf.edu/Partnerships/Affiliates/ or if you have questions, contact Jim Pearson, FPC Executive Director: jpearson@creol.ucf.edu, (407)451-2199.

Be sure to check out all of the many benefits of FPC membership as listed above. 

Find Out Your Dues Here:

Input the number of employees you to have to find out your prorated dues. Once you find out how much you owe, enter it into the print application form or the form below in the field titled TOTAL.

If you are mailing or faxing your membership application or renewal rather than using the online form below, please be sure to fill out the “Additional Contacts” page in the FPC Membership Application and fax or mail the full application to: Florida Photonics Cluster C/O: Stefanie DelGiudice Research Pavilion 12424 Research Parkway, Ste 100, Orlando, FL 32826-3257

 

 
 

 
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Please fill out the application information below, or if you prefer to mail your application with a check, click here (Word document - if you have tight firewall or security settings on your computer, click cancel to get to word document) to get a Microsoft Word document application form. If you have questions, please contact one of the following: Stefanie DelGiudice, (407)882-2104 stef@mail.ucf.edu Jim Pearson, (407)451-2199 jpearson@creol.ucf.edu
 
 
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  For the latest new product announcements from FPC member companies, click on "Industry Announcements". For the latest general photonics news, press releases, and other announcements, click on Read Blog and sign up. Feel free to post a comment or ask a question on the Blog.  
            
 
  The FPC  
  The FPC is a 501c(6) not-for-profit corporation under IRS classification and is registered with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations. The Employer ID number (EIN), assigned by the State of Florida for the FPC, is 593352840. Because the FPC is a 501c(6) trade organizationi, donations (including dues) are not deductible as a charitable donation. They may be deductible as a business expense, but you will need to consult with a tax advisor to determine this for your company.  
     
 
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