Saint Leo To Be Part Of Connected City

February 14, 2017

Saint Leo will be part of Pasco County’s Connected City, bringing a state-of-the-art education center to the growing area within 30 minutes of University Campus.

Using the Connected City’s gigabit fiber network for ultra-fast Internet access, the planned facility promises to bring exciting advances in higher education.

The Connected City’s gigabit fiber technology, called ULTRAFi, is an exclusive service developed by Tampa-based Metro Development Group. The technology, which offers Internet speeds up to 100 times faster than today’s average speeds, will serve as the foundation not only for the education center, but also for the entire 7,800-acre area.

The Connected City is being constructed in Wesley Chapel (FL), and is bordered by State Road 52 to the north, State Road 54 to the south, Interstate 75 to the west, and Curley Road to the east.

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As the first Smart Gigabit Community in the United States to be built from the ground up, the Connected City is bringing the digital and physical worlds together. The Connected City will be developed over a 50-year plan, and upon completion the community is anticipated to have more than 35,000 homes and 12 million square feet of office, retail, medical, and technology-related facilities. It will also feature the nation’s first Crystal Lagoon. Ground recently was broken for the Crystal Lagoon that will span 7.5 acres, and it will be completed in late 2017.

Saint Leo’s technology-rich center will allow students to complete specialized courses online from gigabit-connected classrooms and computer labs in other parts of the country and across the world. This high level of connectivity will bring an unmatched education experience to Pasco County and enable faculty members from all over the world to teach classes remotely through a high-resolution, uninterrupted video connection.

The gigabit technology will further enhance the learning experience for students taking business, computer science, and cybersecurity courses among others at the campus and will also allow Pasco-based Saint Leo faculty to teach students across the globe.

“Saint Leo University is excited to partner with Metro Development Group and the Connected City for the opportunity to offer degree programs in a technology-focused environment,” said Dr. Ed Dadez, vice president of Student Affairs and Campus Operations.

In addition to Saint Leo, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills and Tampa General Hospital have signed on as partners.