VIDEO: Gov. Rick Scott Presents Wounded Sheriff’s Agent Casey Smith Medal of Heroism
By Space Coast Daily // October 26, 2015
scott in brevard to tout stem program
ABOVE VIDEO: Highlights from Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s press conference at Harris Corporation on Monday, which included the presentation of the Medal of Heroism to Brevard County Sheriff’s Agent John “Casey” Smith.
Harris Corporation Presents $250,000 Check To Field of Dreams
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Florida Gov. Rick Scott was in town at the Harris Corp. headquarters on Monday to tout his program to partner with high-tech companies in Florida to create a paid summer residency program for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teachers to bring new industry trends in STEM fields back to Florida’s K-12 classrooms.
A highlight of Gov. Scott’s press conference was the presentation of the Medal of Heroism to Brevard County Sheriff’s Agent John “Casey” Smith.
Agent Smith was shot Aug. 20 in the line of duty and was recently released from the hospital.
Harris CEO Bill Brown was on hand to present a check to Brevard Field of Dreams for $250,000 for ADA-accessible recreation facilities for children and adults of all abilities.
Harris Corp. has about 6,000 Florida employees, including 3,200 engineers and scientists, and is the only top 10 defense contractor headquartered in the state.
Florida is the primary hub for the company’s $1 billion research and development activity — principally located at its new Harris Technology Center in Palm Bay.
In addition to the STEM summer residency program, Gov. Scott’s 2015-2016 “Keep Florida Working” Budget also proposes $30 million for a new workforce training initiative focused on STEM occupations and $5 million to incentivize $10,000 STEM degrees at our state colleges.