Drone conference coming to Wesley Chapel

The Pasco Economic Development Council will host the first Tampa Bay Unmanned Aerial Systems Commercial Markets Conference Oct. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch.

Networking for the event begins at 7:30 a.m., and will include talks about the latest developments in both Tampa Bay and Florida around the emerging small unmanned aerial systems industry, more commonly known as drones.

Although it’s probably best known for its American military use, the growth of much smaller applications is believed to be on its way to becoming one of the major economic and technological stories of the 21st century, according to a release.

One of the key challenges facing the industry, however, is the regulation of unmanned operations in civilian airspace, officials said. Those in attendance want to engage public officials and economic development leaders to consider how they can “untether the industry” and foster its rapid development.

The event is co-sponsored by the Association of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems International, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, the Pasco EDC, PHSC, USF Connect, the Tampa Bay Partnership, and Turin Aviation Group.

Cost to attend is $30 per person. For information, visit PascoEDC.com/events, or call (813) 926-0827.

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