More than 4,000 jobs will be created by a £170 million plan to create a science and technology hub from a former RAF base.
RAF Downham is set to become a world leading centre for advanced knowledge and engineering –and work is due to start in the autumn.
Aventa Capital Partners are working with the College of West Anglia to plug the massive skills gap in analysing and harnessing data produced in a range of industries including the medical profession.
Downham has been chosen because of its proximity to Cambridge and its transport links.
Plans for the site include a campus for 300 students, hotel, conference centre and a start-up centre for new businesses.
International companies are said to be interested in taking over some of the commercial and research buildings included in the scheme.
The man behind the plan, John Beer, is hoping to raise youngsters’ aspirations and boost the economy.
Mr Beer says the development will change the region’s employment landscape.