2 big takeaways from a sneak peek into South Jersey development

By Michelle Caffrey | For NJ.com on June 04, 2015 at 3:05 PM

Anchored by health care institutions and county governments eager to invest in their communities — South Jersey's economy is slowly changing and taking on a new shape.

At least that was the message delivered by business leaders speaking at Thursday morning's Southern New Jersey Development Council's 19th Annual Construction Forecast, a forum that gives engineering, planning, contracting and lending firms a sneak peek at upcoming projects coming out of the area's major industries.

Farther south, Executive Director of Cumberland County Improvement Authority, Jerry Velasquez said the agency is poised to help grow the county as one of the "last frontiers" in South Jersey with its abundance of land and development opportunities.

Cumberland County Technical High School

NJTV’s Michael Aron moderates a panel of Virtua President and CEO Rich Miller, Inspira President and CEO John DiAngelo and Kris Kolluri, CEO of the Rowan University and Rutgers - Camden Board of Governors, who elaborated on their big plans for the booming health industry in the area. (Michelle Caffrey | For NJ.com)

He specifically cited their building of a workforce development center as well as the new technical high school underway at the Cumberland County College campus to a design by Garrison Architects of Bellmawr.

Combing high school, college and workforce development in one area creates an "economic triangle," in Bridgeton said Velasquez. He also noted a new Arts and Innovation Center planned for downtown Millville will help boost the economy there as well.


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