Unique Partnership Utilizes Cheyney University’s Assets
Fueled by the success of the reaffirmation of its accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Cheyney University is focusing on initiatives to revive the oldest historically black college in the United States, including a plan to maximize the assets on Cheyney’s campus in partnership with Mosaic Development Partners and the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC).
Mosaic, a Philadelphia based real estate development company whose expertise is in finding creative solutions for underutilized real estate assets, first helped Cheyney assess its assets, defined the overall strategy, and then subsequently contacted CCEDC to join in the effort to provide assistance in identifying local, county, and state resources.
Cheyney’s entire campus lies within a Commonwealth-approved Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) which is administered by CCEDC’s Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n). Companies locating in a KIZ zone can access a network of resources coordinated by i2n.
The plan seems to be working, with the university having entered into a partnership with Navrogen, Inc. in early December. The company will bring its biopharma research and development (R&D) operation to Cheyney’s Science Center.