GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (Gwinnett Daily Post) – Gwinnett County’s huge Rowen knowledge community is still on the drawing board, but it’s already gaining interest from companies looking to be a part of it.

The nearly 2,000-acre research-driven mixed-use development was announced just over a year ago. The project, which has drawn comparisons with North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, is expected to generate 100,000 jobs.

Partnership Gwinnett’s vice president of economic development said the project, which will take place in eastern Gwinnett between Dacula and the Gwinnett-Barrow County line, is already garnering attention.

“We already have companies that have frankly already asked questions and we are already filling out RFPs, RFIs regarding submissions with companies on this particular site,” Carnes said.

The development, which will include housing and business options to support research-driven uses and jobs, is expected to focus on research in agriculture, environment and medicine.

Roman Dakare, Director of Economic Development for Gwinnett County, the research carried out at the site, which will have the benefit of being carried out midway between the research universities of Athens and Atlanta, will have a huge impact.

“Multiple scientific disciplines come together to create this community that will affect not only Gwinnett County fiscally and economically, but also the research and innovations that come from this site in their respective disciplines,” he said. .

Dakare said the first step towards companies starting to build on the property has already been taken as the county council of commissioners approved an extension of the sewer lines to the property. It’s something Dakare describes as the “first domino” to fall.

Work on the sewer lines is expected to start next year.

“With this expected to be completed by 2024, we expect developments to begin as soon as the sewage services that enable the development of our research facilities and commercial buildings are put in place,” a- he declared.

Carnes agreed that extending the sewer lines to the property – which is mostly land that has never been developed – is crucial to get the project started. After that, it will take decades to build research facilities as well as housing options for people working in Rowen and commercial options for them to shop.

“Obviously one of the great things is that we have to put sewers there, we need the infrastructure there first and foremost,” Carnes said. “But, these companies understand it and it’s going to become a community of knowledge.

“I mean, think of Research Triangle Park, or RTP. Think of a more modern RTP.

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