New research park to bring 100,000 new jobs to Gwinnett County, officials say

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Gwinnett County officials say a massive new research park will mean 100,000 new jobs for the metro area.

The Gwinnett Development Authority and the county commission on Tuesday approved up to $72 million in loans to a non-profit organization formed by the county that plans to build a sprawling research center on 2,000 acres near Dacula at the Barrow County line along Highway 316.

The $1.1 billion facility is expected to open by 2035.

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It's being called Rowen and described as a hub for environmental, agricultural and medical innovation.

The research park will be the largest development in Gwinnett’s history and also include public spaces, offices and residences. The research facilities hope to draw people and ideas from the 50 educational institutions within an hour’s drive.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this article.