The sprawling Rowen research-oriented development site in eastern Gwinnett County is still mostly untouched land, but Rowen Foundation President Mason Ailstock is optimistic that big announcements about the first companies to join the project could be on the horizon.

Rowen has been working with Partnership Gwinnett and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to lure companies to the site. There’s been interest, or at least curiosity, from businesses in Rowen. Ailstock — who did not want to give away any confidential information about who has been in talks to come to Rowen — said between five and 20 companies have had communications of some sort with Rowen officials.

I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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