Rowan University was awarded a grant of $5.8 million by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) to establish the South Jersey Technology Park (SJTP). The goal of SJTP is to lead the economic revitalization of Southern New Jersey through an integrated program of science and technology initiatives. SJTP’s mission is to:
- Expand and strengthen the unique research and learning environment of Rowan University.
- Establish a technology-based entrepreneurial economy.
- Create value for its surrounding communities in their economic, physical and social development.
To fulfill this mission, SJTP was incorporated as a non-profit corporation, South Jersey Technology Park @ Rowan University, Inc. The Board of Directors of SJTP was elected and a strategic plan was developed and put into action.
Located on Route 322 (Mullica Hill Road) near the junction of Rt. 55 in Mantua Township, SJTP provides competitively priced, class “A” facilities for start-up and established companies that bring innovative technologies to the marketplace, and serves as a home for technology-focused researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs, professors and students.
SJTP’s Master Plan provides for a 188-acre mixed business and academic technology park campus, and is an integral part of the proposed 580-acre Rowan University West Campus. The 188-acre SJTP site has a building capacity of approximately 1.5 million square feet.
The recently completed Samuel H. Jones Innovation Center is the first of 25 planned buildings. It is a mixed-use facility that will accommodate academic R&D programs and provide the resources necessary to incubate emerging technology enterprises. Both academic research activity and the incubation of private combines are integral to creating a nucleus of high tech activity at the Rowan West Campus.
The Samuel H. Jones Innovation Center is a 45,000 square-foot LEED Certified building with approximately 22,500 square feet devoted to laboratory and office space for academic research and 22,500 square feet available for private tenants, including Rowan’s Technology Business Incubator for startup companies. Current tenants of the Samuel H. Jones Innovation Center include the Rowan College of Business incubator, and Rowan College of Engineering research laboratories.
Tenants at SJTP access the research, development and commercialization expertise of the Rowan University’s engineering, science and business faculty, among others. This access to University talent, research facilities and on-campus amenities comprises “The Rowan Connection™.”