One year ago, on December 9, 2022, Governor Brian Kemp, along with Gwinnett Speaker Nicole Hendrickson and former Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeau, attended a groundbreaking ceremony to plant the first tree in Rowen.
A spokesperson for the Loewen Foundation said the ceremony was accompanied by “hundreds of leaders and dignitaries” and that since then, “much of the infrastructure for the first phase of the project has been graded, leveled and graded. Completed, with over three miles of environmentally complete roads, trails and sidewalks.”
December 2023 marks the first anniversary of an innovative project that is ushering in a new era of sustainability through cross-disciplinary applications of medicine, agriculture, and environmental science.
The initiative is expected to create more than 18,000 jobs by 2035, as well as create space for education, collaboration opportunities, community growth and access to great green space.
“Remarkable progress has been made on the 2,000-acre site, with Phase 1 infrastructure on track for completion in 2024,” the foundation said.
Loewen said this progress was planned thanks to a tremendous effort to secure, move and balance “more than 4 million pounds of rock and 37,000 cubic yards of soil” at the site. He said it includes paving almost half of the road. The foundation praises the intensive labor effort, saying, “Thanks to more than 36,000 man-hours of work, the bioretention pond, curb and gutter installation, and stormwater drainage system were all installed.”
“We are very pleased with the exciting progress we are seeing on the ground and, more importantly, with the progress we are making in building relationships with economic development leaders across the country.”Loewen Foundation said Mason Ailstock, CEO and President.
He continued, “Many people believed in our vision, and seeing the site come to life and having the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us, “We are creating tremendous energy with our neighbors and future generations. Rowen offers a great opportunity to bring innovation-driven jobs and economic development to our region, across the state, and beyond.”
The final stage of the project is expected to bring approximately 100,000 jobs to Georgia, generate $8 billion to $10 billion in revenue each year, and have a significant impact on the state’s economy.
In an effort to apply a sustainable architectural approach throughout its development, the Foundation has partnered with and served on the boards of five Georgia institutions of higher education. These include:
- emory university
- Georgia Gwinnett College
- Georgia Tech
- spellman college
- University of Georgia
“Roewen will be extremely important not only to Gwinnett’s economic development, but also to the state as a whole,” said Deven Cason, vice president of economic development for Partnership Gwinnett. It is an honor to see a project with such a rich history and impactful future come to life. We look forward to continuing to champion Rowen and its future success. ”
Individuals and groups from many sectors, including entrepreneurs, research and innovation experts in fields such as agriculture, medicine and the environment, and other technical advisors, with the overarching aim of both building community and bridging expertise. I am joining.
All of these qualities combine to make Loewen a world-class leader in collaborative performance, innovative knowledge, and promoting a diverse, regionally-based skilled labor pool in a region spanning metropolitan Atlanta to Hall and Athens-Clarke counties. We are poised to emerge as a global thought leader. ,
Readers who want to follow progress in areas such as construction in real time should keep an eye on the website rowenlife.com.
Notable facts about the Rowen project:
- Rowen has helped protect and preserve 2,000 acres of land along Highway 316 in Gwinnett County.
- Part of their vision is to provide intellectual and physical space for collaboration among more than 50 educational and research institutions.
- Their novel approach and what they describe as a “versatile concept” will be used to foster new and progressive discoveries in the sciences of agriculture, medicine, and environmental science.
- Their goal is to expand on the region’s already rich and faithful history of environmental stewardship and advance Gwinnett County’s local economic sector and community for generations.