University at fort site would revitalize region | The Asbury Park Press NJ | APP.com

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University at fort site would revitalize region

I agree with a recently published letter regarding the formation of a university located at the Fort Monmouth site: “Use Fort Monmouth site for a university campus,” Jan. 15.

As an online college professor, I have experienced the possibilities, and reach, that this type of institution could offer.

Currently, Rutgers has a technology center concentrating mostly on hardware solutions. A university at Fort Monmouth, focusing on content, might access those efforts and create software and transmedia that would organically generate new jobs. Ultimately an online/on-ground effort could be a gateway for the entire state.

Imagine the possibilities, a campus dedicated to technological and commercial pursuits where its students and faculty can experience all of the synergies found in major technology regions.

Such an effort could eventually be extended to areas comparable to health care and engineering. It would lead to the development of a new “Tech Alley.” Witness what happened in Palo Alto, Calif., and Seattle, Wash., over the last 25 years.

Finally, employment, and a new lease on life, would be brought back to Eatontown and the surrounding area. This would happen during an economic period that is begging for such growth.

Let my letter serve as a further call to our elected officials to realize that promise.

Edward J. Strafaci

Colts Neck

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