Atrium Health developing $1.5B innovation district: 4 new details

Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health revealed new details of its $1.5 billion innovation district that will surround its future medical school, the Wake Forest University School of Medicine Charlotte, in a Feb. 8 article in the Charlotte Business Journal.

Four things to know:

  1. The district is expected to create about 5,500 on-site jobs and $415 million in earnings.

  2. About 30 percent to 40 percent of the jobs created by the district won't require a bachelor's degree.

  3. The first four-year class of medical students at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine Charlotte is slated to enter in 2024.

  4. One of the district's key focuses is developing a diverse talent base. Atrium is working with Charlotte-based Johnson C. Smith University, a historically Black university, on a scholarship fund for students pursuing healthcare careers, and the health system is committed to at least 20 percent of minority-owned businesses participating in the infrastructure buildout.

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