Middlesex County Announces Community, Innovation and Opportunity (CIO) Strategic Investment Plan to Transform Middlesex College in a premier destination in New Jersey
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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – As part of Middlesex County’s Destination 2040 Strategic Plan, the County, in partnership with the State of New Jersey, finalized its Community, Innovation and Opportunity (CIO) Strategic Investment Plan. The plan is designed to transform and strengthen Middlesex College and the Magnet school system, as well as to meet the diverse needs of the wider community. Officially announced to the public today, at a press conference held at Middlesex College, county leaders along with key state and local government and school district officials spoke about the long-lasting economic impact end of this new plan and how it will transform the region. .
Highlights of the Community, Innovation and Opportunity (CIO) strategic investment plan include:
- a multipurpose outdoor community venue for concerts, cultural events and several sports such as baseball, soccer or lacrosse
- a workforce development and conference center
- a new community park with educational equipment for children
- a new student center that will include campus and community amenities
- a new Middlesex County Magnetic School, the Middlesex County Magnetic School of the Future
- a destination sports complex featuring 14 multi-sport synthetic pitches, 16 tennis courts and a state-of-the-art recreational cricket pitch; and much more
- an expansion of existing outdoor spaces, activating these areas by adding public art, seating and water features
The dignitaries shared the importance of these investments in education and infrastructure in Middlesex County and the positive impact they will have on its students, staff, parents and the region. Today’s program included Governor Phil D. Murphy; New Jersey General Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin; Middlesex County Commissioner’s Director Ronald G. Rios; Edison Mayor Sam Joshi; Middlesex College President Mark McCormick; Superintendent of Schools Jorge E. Diaz; Middlesex County Administrator John A. Pulomena; and Anvay Patel, former trustee of Middlesex College.
“We are delighted to launch this important project – and we will work closely with President McCormick and the Middlesex College Board, as well as Middlesex County Magnet Schools and the Middlesex County Improvement Authority, to move a number of these initiatives are moving forward today. From world-class cultural and recreational opportunities, to sports and academic activities, this plan will improve the lives of so many in our community. “, said Director of Middlesex County Commissioner Ronald G. Rios. “This project is an unprecedented opportunity to not only solidify Middlesex College’s place as one of the top two-year colleges in America by not only expanding the educational offerings of the College and the Magnet School System, but also to transform the campus into a multi faceted destination for the community here in Middlesex County and all of this area. The Community, Innovation and Opportunity (CIO) Strategic Investment Plan will dramatically transform the outdoor activities available to families and individuals in Middlesex County and the State of New Jersey.
“Middlesex County has long epitomized the best our state has to offer: economic opportunity, family-centered communities, and schools that prepare our children to reach their full potential not just as students, but as as community members and future leaders,” said New Jersey Governor Phil D. Murphy. “The strategic investment plan for community, innovation and opportunity announced today will further foster educational opportunities, community engagement and the arts among Middlesex College students and residents of all ages. Together, these improvements will further strengthen Middlesex College as a crucial anchor in a community that will continue to grow and prosper for generations to come.
“Building on the transformative projects that have taken shape in Middlesex County to boost our regional competitiveness, this strategic investment plan is another feather in the hat of our visionary county leadership,” said Craig J. Coughlin, President of the New Jersey General Assembly. “By expanding educational opportunities that inspire innovation and entrepreneurship, and providing greater access to the arts and athletics, this project will improve people’s quality of life now and in their future, transforming New Jersey for the best in the decades to come.”
“We are moving Edison forward with the help of our county and state partnerships. Our Township is very grateful to the Governor’s Office and the County of Middlesex for investing in the future of our community,” said Sam Joshi, Mayor of Edison. “The cricket ground, in particular, is an extraordinary development for Edison residents, who have been hoping for an official place to play cricket for decades.”
“Middlesex College is truly the heart of Middlesex County. With this extraordinary and transformative investment by the State and County of Middlesex on and near our campus, Middlesex College can do even more to reflect on its mission and live up to its mission to provide access quality and affordable education for a diverse population, supporting student success. for lifelong learning and strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of the community,” said Mark McCormick, President of Middlesex College. “On behalf of the faculty and staff and especially the students of Middlesex College, I would like to thank Governor Murphy, President Coughlin and the New Jersey Legislature, as well as the Middlesex County Board of Commissioners, led by Commissioner Director Rios for their vision and purpose. on investing in the greater community of Middlesex County,”
“In line with our shared mission, the Middlesex College campus is already home to one of our county magnet schools – the Edison Academy Magnet School – and now it will house a second – the Middlesex County Magnet School. With programs such as Environmental Technology and Engineering, Information Communication and Global Logistics, the School of the Future will leverage its location on the Middlesex College campus to provide advanced education in both academically and practically, giving students access to college-level courses as well as the latest tools and technologies,” said Middlesex County Magnet Schools Superintendent Jorge E. Diaz. “In the future, our students will be able to graduate from high school and college in two years. This will be a game changer for our student community. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I am confident that with the support of our valued partners and the community, this project will be an unprecedented success.
“Our strategic vision for this county has been nothing short of forward-thinking, forward-looking and ambitious. Today, our goals and aspirations converge in one place and simultaneously, for the benefit of our entire community. In my 14 year career with the county, I have never experienced such a period before,” said Middlesex County Administrator John A. Pulomena. “I look forward to the dramatic and positive impact this plan will have in our community, in our educational institutions and across the region – as we lead together.”
“As Trustee, I am excited about the bold new directions in which Dr McCormick and the Board are leading our College and I am grateful to the Governor, State Legislature and Middlesex County Board of Commissioners for their tremendous support of Middlesex College and the students we serve,” said Anvay Patel, former Trustee of Middlesex College. “I am honored to be present on such an auspicious occasion. And most of all, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude on behalf of the college community to everyone for their vision and commitment to the new student center.
In line with the principles of Destination 2040, the IOC’s Strategic Investment Plan will not only guide Middlesex College’s growth over the next decade, but it will improve the quality of life and drive economic development across Middlesex County.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ
Middlesex County is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies, three universities, 19 park systems, and world-class health care and research facilities, making it one of the fastest growing regions in the country and a leader in leader in technology, transportation, the arts and food innovation. As one of the most diverse populations in the country, Middlesex County has over 860,000 residents spread across 25 municipalities. The county’s award-winning Middlesex County Magnet Schools system and two-year Middlesex College maintains its position as the #1 in the state for best schools, offering secondary and post-secondary education and workforce development programs that create a unique ecosystem in which opportunities abound. Conveniently located between New York and Philadelphia, Middlesex County has been a premier destination for businesses and residents to live, work and play since the 17th century. For more information, visit middlesexcountynj.gov and find us on Facebook, instagram, and LinkedIn.
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