The University of Delaware’s STAR Campus hosted the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee (EDC) on Wednesday, March 1st. Dr. Kathy Matt, Dean of the UD’s College of Health Sciences, was the keynote speaker. Dean Matt highlighted the STAR Campus’ role as a center of innovation that combines cutting-edge research, world-class academics and flourishing businesses.
The STAR Campus began in 2009, redeveloping the former Chrysler automobile assembly plant. The site has completed Phase 1 and 2 development, housing the University’s College of Health Sciences, Bloom Energy and SevOne. Upcoming Phase 3 development includes a 10-story office tower that will house state-of-the-art classrooms and research facilities for the university. The $40 million structure will also offer three floors of office space for high-tech commercial tenants. The project is slated for completion by mid-2018. A proposed Amtrak station to be built along the tracks immediately north of the STAR Campus could provide an additional catalyst for business expansion.
EDC Chair Michael Vanderslice of Environmental Alliance said of the project, “The Phase 3 expansion provides a great opportunity for the STAR Campus to create more collision space between businesses and the University. The EDC looks forward to working with the STAR Campus as a key player in Delaware’s economic growth.”
The EDC also thanks Michael Smith, the College of Health Sciences’ Director of Initiatives/Partnerships for hosting the meeting.
James DeChene is the Chamber's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.