The Jersey City Council recently voted to approve the land transfer necessary for Liberty Science Centerâ€™s planned SciTech Scity, a mini-city, unique in the world, that will house a K-12 school dedicated to STEM; the worldâ€™s first business â€œoptimizerâ€ for 100 science, technology, and engineering startups; a small conference center; and Scholars Village, short-term accommodations for visiting scientists and entrepreneurs and longer-term residences for STEM college students and people working at SciTech Scity.
â€œWe want Jersey City to become one of the East Coastâ€™s premier innovation and STEM education hubs,â€ said Paul Hoffman, President and CEO of Liberty Science Center. â€œSciTech Scity may be the regionâ€™s answer to Silicon Valley.â€
Liberty Science Center expressed gratitude to the dozens of parents, students, and community leaders who attended the recent public hearing and shared stories of how LSC changed their lives.
LSC trustee Minal Patel, who grew up in Jersey City, spoke passionately and persuasively about how SciTech Scity could make Jersey City a destination for science and technology innovators. â€œThe original Silicon Valley was not in California. It was in Menlo Park, New Jersey,â€ Minal said.
Councilman Jermaine Robinson, who represents Ward F, where LSC and SciTech Scity is located, voiced strong support for SciTech Scity: â€œMy vision is for the children of Ward F to because astronauts, brain surgeons, engineers.â€
The Science Center is especially grateful to Mayor Steve Fulop for partnering with us on this visionary project and doubling-down on his support and commitment to helping Jersey City reach great new heights.