That the first tenant of the Samuel H. Jones Innovation Center at the South Jersey Technology Park (SJTP) at Rowan University will be Rowan’s College of Engineering seems fitting. The nationally ranked school has an outstanding reputation for clinic-based work and industry partnerships, and its sponsored research is outgrowing the College’s home.
But the College — which plans to move some of its research into the facility in July 2008 — is just the start of life at the Technology Park, located in Mantua Township just off Rt. 322 at the Rt. 55 interchange. The planned 25-building Technology Park will provide competitively priced, Class A facilities for budding entrepreneurs, start-up and established companies to bring innovative technologies to the marketplace.
Tom Drury, CEO of the Technology Park said, ”Now that our first building is completed, our marketing activity has increased significantly. As a result, we are now seeing very high interest from a variety of different technology firms, both large and small. The firms are interested not only in the facility, but also in the value of the close affiliation with Rowan that results from location at the Technology Park. We anticipate leasing up the entire first building, and are looking forward to ground breaking for building #2 as soon as possible.”
Any of those businesses should find a suitable home at the Center, which features two floors, totaling 45,000-square feet of fit-to-order facilities, a mix of laboratories and laboratory/office space for private technology-based firms and for Rowan sponsored research. Strategically based just 20 miles from Center City, Philadelphia, in Gloucester County, the first building of the Technology Park is in the heart of one of the fastest growing parts of the state.
In addition, the Samuel H. Jones Innovation Center will be the home of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a technology business incubator operated by the Rohrer College of Business at Rowan University.
The College of Engineering, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the technology business incubator are all bonuses for businesses that locate at the Technology Park.
“Companies located at the Technology Park benefit from the ‘Rowan Connection.’ They’ll be able to tap into some of the brightest young researchers and business minds in the Delaware Valley and work with nationally recognized professors in engineering, sciences and business. Faculty-led student teams in engineering and sciences assist companies of all sizes to accelerate product development activity, while business planning and other business functions are supported by comparable teams from the Colleges of Business and Communications,” said Drury.
The Technology Park is a public/private partnership that has received support from numerous organizations and individuals, including the New Jersey Economic Development Authority ($5.8 million), the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology ($1.5 million), South Jersey businessman Samuel H. Jones ($1 million) and the Rowan University Foundation ($1 million).
For more information on the Technology Park, visit http://www.sjtechpark.com or contact Thomas Drury at firstname.lastname@example.org or (856) 256-5099.