Cumberland County officials are proposing $60 million worth of development projects that they hope will help lift the county out of decades of economic doldrums.
The bulk of the plan involves building an estimated $45 million full-time technical high school alongside the Cumberland County College campus in both Vineland and Millville.
Also proposed to be built on the CCC campus is a new building to house the county’s Workforce Investment Board.
County officials said the new complex will provide residents with improved educational and job-training opportunities. That should help attract new businesses to the county by showing the county is serious about improving its labor force, they said.
Another component of the proposal involves moving the county’s social services operations into a new, three-story $14 million office building on Laurel Street in downtown Bridgeton.
The move should help revitalize a city with an economy that county officials said declined more drastically than any other municipality in the county.
The workforce investment board and the social services operation are currently housed in a building on Route 47 in Vineland that the county leases for about $1.4 million a year.