Rowan’s Economic Impact Continues to Climb
South Jersey Technology Park hosts guests from three continents, part of BIO International
Recent growth at Rowan University – from new academic buildings to increased housing options to added programs and faculty – did more than just impact students and the campuses in Gloucester and Camden counties.
That growth, and the ripple effect from it, is bolstering the economy of Glassboro, South Jersey and the State.
A recent economic impact analysis by private research firm Econsult Solutions to update its 2015 study pegs that impact at $1.53 billion. Rowan directly supports 4,460 jobs at the University and close to 7,000 jobs indirectly in New Jersey each year, making it a major driver of economic development in the region and the State.
Commissioned by the University, the report also indicates:
Rowan’s statewide economic impact has increased 24 percent – from $1.23 billion – since 2015.
Rowan has undertaken $298 million in capital (construction) investments during the past 4.5 years.
Rowan students spend an additional $128 million a year throughout the State, in addition to tuition, fees, and room and board.
Alumni living and working in New Jersey earn about an additional $197 million annually due to the education and credentials they received from Rowan.
Rowan University gifted $3 million to start therapy dog program
Guests came to the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University from Italy and Thailand, Germany and China, India and Australia – and more – on June 3.
About 30 people traveled via bus from Philadelphia as part of a South Jersey tour sponsored by BioNJ during the BIO International Convention being held in Philadelphia.
Jeanne Nevelos, executive director of SJTP, and Dr. Beena Sukumaran, vice president for Research, presented an overview of SJTP and of Rowan University. Afterward, the guests cycled through presentations at/by researchers in the Virtual Reality Center, the Orthopedics Research Center and ReGelTec, Inc. to learn more about work that faculty and students are conducting and about the capabilities at the facility.
John Slotman, vice president for Government Affairs for BioNJ, said, “We’re showing off that New Jersey has a vibrant life sciences ecosystem.” He added that a goal of the tour was to demonstrate the opportunities for individuals and companies to “plant roots” in New Jersey.
Think Like an Entrepreneur: Free summer academy helps high schoolers learn to turn their ideas into businesses
South Jersey businessman and animal lover Gerald Shreiber, president and CEO of J&J Snack Foods Corp. of Pennsauken, has committed $3 million to create an animal therapy program on the Gloucester County campus.
Shreiber’s gift, announced this week, will establish an endowment for a self-sustaining program that will make certified therapy dogs regular fixtures in several student-support efforts at the Glassboro-based university.
“It is a pleasure for me to give back to the community," Shreiber said. “I can think of nothing better than [the experience of] our young students striving for education, complemented by therapy dogs.”
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Applications are being accepted through Monday, June 3, for Rowan University’s third annual Think Like an Entrepreneur Summer Academy for high school students.
During the non-residential academy presented by the Rohrer College of Business, rising high school juniors and seniors will spend eight days at Rowan learning how to conceive, develop and prototype their ideas. Students will work alongside faculty and student leaders to learn the basics of transforming an idea into a feasible, viable business.
Students completing the academy will earn three college credits, which can be used at Rowan or transferred to another university.
The academy runs Monday-Thursday, July 8-11 and 15-18 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each day in Business Hall in Glassboro. It is presented by the Rowan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and sponsored by the TD Bank Charitable Foundation.
New Jersey beer: Axe and Arrow set to open in Glassboro
STEVE’S GRILLED CHEESE, within walking distance of the Rowan University campus, has a summertime stand on the Ocean City boardwalk. There are 14 grilled cheeses on Steve's menu, and several will petrify the purists: a fried chicken and bacon grilled cheese, a chicken parm grilled cheese. My favorite: the Caprese, with mozzarella, Roma tomato and basil pesto on grilled Italian bread.
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The main reason we picked this spot is because of the Town Square,’’ says Josh. “Glassboro hosts 20-plus events here — a craft beer festival, an Italian festival, an arts festival — 20 festivals out here, pulling more people in. And we are excited about the 21-and-up college audience all around us … within a half-mile walk, there are 3,500 beds, and across the street they are building another five-story apartment building.’’ Eventually, Axe & Arrow will offer its guests an 800-square-foot patio that is directly adjacent to Town Square.
VIDEO: Local woman invents exercise tool that helps sick children, aging adults
Known for being the home of Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey is filled with exciting history, an abundance of delicious restaurants, and loads of fun! Glassboro is a one stop, do it all community. Whether you’re a local, visiting Rowan’s campus, or just stopping by for the day, come enjoy the fresh and authentic atmosphere of Glassboro, New Jersey!
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She has sold many b bounders since, but has been able to give some away to local families in need who write to her. One of those families included Gianna, a bright young girl with leukemia. She always bounces around on her rainbow-studded trampoline to keep her bones strong, especially when undergoing chemotherapy.
Giorgi cut the ribbon on a brand new workout location, "Studio Just b,"in Glassboro, NJ. The bigger facility offers not only exercise but also a chiropractor, massage therapist, holistic nutritionist and more.
Watch Gianna bounce around at the grand opening of "Studio Just b" in Glassboro
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Angelo’s Glassboro Diner – Glassboro / Gloucester County
There are only a handful of diners that make it into Mod Betty’s faves, because I’m a bit of a purist, but Angelo’s is right up there on the list! A tiny stainless steel diner with a handful of counter stools and booths, you immediately feel like part of the community as you order one of their fresh made daily specials.
Bonesaw Brewing is NJ’s Best New Brewery! The Glassboro brewery's "go-big-or-go-home mentality" yields exciting results.
Monarch DIner opened Feb. 18. Tsiknakis cut the ribbon on the restaurant last week. The bar area where PB's Diner once served 20 beers on tap is converted back to a traditional diner counter, with swiveling stools and a pastry case. The bar area's high-top tables are replaced with booths. The entire interior of the building was renovated. When he took it over, the building was in bad shape, Tsiknakis said. READ MORE>>
ShopRite Glassboro and Cheerios help fight hunger.
New Jersey Monthly’s panel of 14 beer experts chose Bonesaw Brewing of Glassboro, which opened in 2018, as the Best New Brewery. One thing that impressed them was the scale of the operation, which sits on 7 1/2 woodsy acres and includes a 23,000-square-foot brewery and a 33-tap tasting room with high ceilings, a rustic lodge ambience and indoor-outdoor seating for 200. There are foamy iced coffee and tea on nitro taps and craft sodas for kids. As Bonesaw co-founder Rich DiVerniero puts it, “We’ve got a go-big-or-go-home mentality.”
18-mile light rail in South Jersey is coming, but not for another 6 years, at least
ShopRite customers will recognize some familiar faces on their favorite cereal box when they visit ShopRite stores this month. Photos of 101 ShopRite associates will appear on the back of limited-edition Cheerios boxes as part of an annual tradition recognizing associates for fighting hunger in the communities where ShopRite stores operate.
That tradtion enters its 20th season this year, with ShopRite associates capping off 20 years of good by raising $1.5 million to help feed the hungry.
U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) announced that Robins’ Nest, Inc. in Glassboro, New Jersey has been awarded a $2,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The corridor has older, densely-populated communities, like Glassboro, Woodbury and Pitman that developed along the rail line. Colleges, medical centers and other businesses which drive the economy in the area are largely based in Philadelphia and Camden County. A rail link between there and Rowan University in Glassboro is expected to reduce vehicle traffic and spur growth.
“The federal guidelines for attracting federal funds requires several time-consuming steps,” Nash said. “Even if the state is unable to attract federal funds, the open and transparent process and careful study of environmental concerns mandated by federal requirements makes the time well spent. At the end, the line will be constructed and will operate for generations to come.”
VIDEO: On this week's Main Street Minute, Nina Contento goes to Bonesaw Brewing Co. in Glassboro.
“Every single day, at least one person in my district alone is dying from the disease of addiction, and we need to do everything we can to improve the recovery process and help those who are suffering,” said Congressman Donald Norcross, a Vice-Chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic. “I’m proud to have supported this grant that will help change lives in South Jersey. With the leadership of organizations like Robins’ Nest, we will continue to work together to provide affordable housing, combat homelessness and help our neighbors, friends and loved ones who are struggling with addiction.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with SAMHSA on the development of our Recovery and Housing Program,” said Dr. Anthony DiFabio, Robins’ Nest Chief Executive Officer. “This is a much-needed care model for those who are not only battling substance abuse, but also the exacerbating life factors which may be inhibiting their recovery journey.”
“We’ve designed the Recovery and Housing Project to support recovery by addressing the many barriers that may exist, including housing, and access to care and supports,” said Melissa Fox, Robin’s Nest Chief Operating Officer. “The program was envisioned to not only support the individual, but also their family by providing a trauma-informed, therapeutic context using a wraparound service modality.”
CompleteCare expands addiction outpatient services to Millville, Glassboro
On this week's #MainStreetMinute, Nina Contento goes to Bonesaw Brewery in Glassboro, that many locals and visitors are calling their new go-to spot for a great experience and an even better beer.
Glassboro Packing facility tour highlights NJ peach harvest
New outpatient addiction services are coming to residents in Cumberland and Gloucester counties as CompleteCare Health Network expands its program reach.
The Fresh Start program, an outpatient service for people addicted to opioids, will now be offered at CompleteCare locations in Millville and Glassboro and offer outpatient medication-assisted treatment and meetings with a team of medical experts.
Working Together Glassboro and surrounding towns are feeding off each other’s energy and continuing to create a thriving community.
New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher visited Eastern Pro Pak, Glassboro, N.J., recently to highlight Jersey Fresh peaches.
Eastern Pro Pak completed a 70,000-square-foot expansion this spring, and the company has a two-lane tunnel connecting the expansion to the previous 100,000 square feet at the facility, according to a news release. The Jersey Fruit Co-op supplies Eastern Pro Pak.
“The amount of Jersey Fresh peaches that flow through here demonstrates the peach production that takes place in the Garden State,” Fisher said in the release. “Facilities like this give consumers all along the East Coast and Canada the opportunity to enjoy our super-delicious peaches.”
VIDEO: ERA Young Hosts 3rd Annual Alex's Lemonade Stand Fundraiser
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone in South Jersey, or anyone in New Jersey for that matter, who doesn’t know about the revitalization in Glassboro— specifically Rowan Boulevard. It has changed the landscape of the town and Rowan University and fostered major economic growth.
“There are only so many towns in South Jersey that have downtowns and that have gone through the renaissance that ours has,” Joseph Brigandi Jr., Glassboro administrator and executive director of economic development says. “There are a number of factors for that. We have a major university that is growing substantially in size and is prestigious with the two medical schools, and the enrollment has increased significantly. I think having that resource there, even though all our development isn’t directly Rowan related, not many other towns have a resource like that and have allowed to expand and build.”
RCGC Co-Op Program Revs Up Technician's Passion for Cars
On Friday, July 27th, ERA Young, a real estate and rentals company out of Glassboro, hosted its 3rd annual Alex's Lemonade Stand fundraiser to help the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation move one step closer to finding a cure for childhood cancer.
Staff with ERA Young spent the afternoon pouring up some refreshing glasses of ice cold lemonade in hopes of reaching their goal of raising $3,000. The money raised goes towards research to find better treatments and cures for childhood cancer.
A good technician never underestimates what is under the hood since appearances can be deceiving — just ask Amanda Mutarelli, a student in Rowan College at Gloucester County's (RCGC) Automotive Technology program. With her dramatic eye makeup and colorful tattoos, this skilled technician knows firsthand how deceptive appearances can be.
Mutarelli, of Glassboro, finds it amusing that she does not fit the stereotypical image of an auto technician. A self-described "girly girl with a passion for cars," she is most content when working in a garage surrounded by tools. Although being a female in a mostly male dominated profession can have its drawbacks, Mutarelli isn't one to back away from a career that gets her motor racing.