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Murphy pledges 4 million-sq.-ft. innovation center in New Brunswick

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Gov. Phil Murphy announces the creation of “The Hub”, a new innovation and research center in New Brunswick.
Gov. Phil Murphy announces the creation of “The Hub”, a new innovation and research center in New Brunswick. - ()

Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled plans to construct a new, state-of-the-art incubator hub in downtown New Brunswick that will serve as a research and innovation facility.

The site is owned by the city and being developed by the New Brunswick Development Corp. (DevCo), and is to be roughly 4 million square feet. According to an announcement by the city, the new hub will be situated next to the New Brunswick train station and will complement “recent residential, retail and entertainment growth and development in New Brunswick.”

The development is in the early stages of planning, and will require multiple partners and sponsors. The state’s Economic Development Authority will oversee the initial planning and study for the site. The development falls in line with Murphy’s recent budget, in which he promised to create more innovation hubs in the state to foster new businesses.

“For too long, New Jersey has been left out of the growing national innovation economy,” Murphy said in a prepared statement. “By creating a site where high-growth industry can thrive, New Jersey will begin to foster new ideas and take advantage of the once-in-a-generation chance to remake the state as an engine of economic opportunity.”

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James Parmele March 19, 2018 3:28 pm

That is assuming, of course, that the Governor doesn't raise taxes in an already suffocating, unsustainable state which is seeing mass exodus. He already has pledged to do so. This is all fluff.

Gil March 19, 2018 4:49 pm

It's a bout time somebody started thinking like this. NJ at one time was home to the highest number of PHD scientist in the country. (Thinking Bell Labs days). All we've done is watch our F500 Co's pack up leave without a strategy to back fill with new innovation. Software and Tech is the future of every industry and NJ better start learning how to nurture that better.

Princeton U seems to have completely missed the tech boat. This was where Einstein hung out and we can't get one unicorn from them? We have MIT on the hudson in Stevens Tech, where's their Unicorns? NJIT, Rutgers, etc where's the tech innovation? C'mon NJ focus on tech.

If Amazon actually chose NJ, the universities better be ready to fill those jobs.

Gil March 19, 2018 4:57 pm

NJ Needs to cultivate a Cyber Security innovation program. NJ has one of the highest concentrations of Cyber employees in the country, but they are working and not innovating because there is no focused initiative to cultivate all that experience into new ventures.

We still have the Old Merk HQ in White House doing nothing. Let's designate that site as NJ's Cyber Security innovation Campus. Then pull in Federal Cyber resourses into the NYMetro area for support. They fed gov needs to expand their cyber footprint past DC metro area. NJ would be a great fit.