Florida Polytech supporters launch website, educational effort

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Florida Poly Vision, Inc. (Florida Poly Vision), a diverse group of more than 80 community and business leaders whojoined to support the new Florida Polytechnic University (Florida Polytechnic), has launched its website www.floridapolyvision.com and with it, its effort to empower the general public with the necessary facts and information surrounding the creation, financial standing and future construction of Florida Polytechnic.

“We invite everyone across Polk County and all of Florida to visit www.floridapolyvision.com and learn what our group is truly about,” said Cliff Otto, co-chair for Florida Poly Vision. “We want people to know the real and tangible facts when it comes to the current standing and immediate future of Florida Polytechnic and all that it can truly accomplish. Much has been speculated and circulated in the media and the local community, resulting in a generally pessimistic outlook for the university. With 2 million new STEM jobs to be created by 2014, Florida Polytechnic will be a breeding ground for the skilled STEM graduates our state and nation critically need and the sooner we embrace its potential, the sooner we will see this become a reality.”

By going to www.floridapolyvision.com/facts, visitors can access the Florida Polytechnic University Business Plan, which was presented to the Board of Governors in November 2011, and received overwhelming approval, as well as some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and facts regarding current available funding for the university and the necessary next steps for Florida Polytechnic.

“By communicating the facts and clarifying what is real and what is not, we believe that much-needed optimism and belief in the success of Florida Polytechnic can be restored for some, and newly-achieved for others,” said Vic Story, co-chair for Florida Poly Vision. “Until the university’s official administration is put in place, we seek to be an informed voice to provide public clarity surrounding Florida Polytechnic’s future and assist our new university in any way possible.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.