The mission of the Florida Photonics Cluster (FPC) is to support the growth and profitability of the photonics industry through the strength of a unified voice and to make Florida the place to go for photonics solutions. The driving forces of the FPC are networking opportunities with industry peers, an expansive resource base, and an educational community focused on industry input for curriculum development. The FPC is a 501c(6) not-for-profit corporation.The FPC is dedicated to enhancing the industry through effective collaboration by bringing together the knowledge, expertise, and service that each member company or organization has to offer.
Florida Photonics Cluster 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.
The FPC is a 501c(6) not-for-profit corporation per the IRS 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, it is 593352840. Because the FPC is a trade organization, 501c(6) in the IRS classification, 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.
Formed to support the growth and profitability of the photonics industry through the strength of a unified voice, the FPC is open to companies and organizations that provide optics and photonics products or services. Based on the concept that the whole is better than the sum of its parts, the cluster focuses on the collaboration of various companies and organizations. FPC is dedicated to enhancing the industry through this collaboration by bringing together the knowledge, expertise, and service that each company or organization has to offer the cluster.