NJMEP opening temp office at Rowan to better serve South Jersey manufacturers

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The Cedar Knolls-based New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program on Tuesday said it plans to open a new temporary office in Rowan University’s South Jersey Technology Park to better serve the South Jersey community.

Following up on the South Jersey Revitalization Summit — a formal discussion that occurred at Rowan College of South Jersey back in August 2023 between industry leaders and partners, academia, and political advocates — Peter Connolly, CEO of NJMEP, announced that the NJMEP South Office would relocate to Rowan University’s South Jersey Technology Park — a move that is as much a symbolic gesture as it is a practical one.

The not-for-profit organization says the goal of the South Jersey Technology Park is to lead the economic revitalization of South New Jersey through an integrated program of science and technology initiatives. NJMEP will relocate its South Jersey office permanently in about 18 months.

The move to Rowan also is intended to strengthen NJMEP’s partnership with Rowan University, one that can offer new talent pipelines for South Jersey manufacturers and can also create new career pathways for young South Jerseyans.

“I am thrilled to announce the opening of our new office at the Rowan Technology Park in South Jersey. This strategic expansion reinforces our commitment to supporting and empowering South Jersey’s vibrant manufacturing sector,” Connolly said. “We look forward to fostering innovation, collaboration and sustainable growth in this underserved area within our state. South Jersey holds so much promise, it just needs the resources and visibility to foster a thriving manufacturing industry. This continued collaboration with Rowen is an important step forward toward progress.”