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The Rise of Innovation Districts: A New Geography of Innovation in America

  • Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20036 (map)

The geography of innovation is shifting and a new model for innovative growth is emerging. In contrast to suburban corridors of isolated corporate campuses, innovation districts combine research institutions, innovative firms and business incubators with the benefits of urban living. These districts have the unique potential to spur productive, sustainable, and inclusive economic development.  

On Monday, June 9, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings will release “The Rise of Innovation Districts,” a new report analyzing this trend. The authors of the paper, Brookings Vice President Bruce Katz and Nonresident Senior Fellow Julie Wagner, will be joined by leaders from emerging innovation districts across the country to discuss this shift and provide guidance to U.S. metro areas on ways to harness its potential.


Opening Remarks

Benjamin R. Jacobs [Senior Advisor and Co-Founder, The JBG Companies]


Bruce Katz [Vice President + Director, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program]


Moderator: Lydia Pillis [Reporter, Washington Post]

Kofi Bonner [Regional Vice President, Lennar Communities]
John A. Fry [President, Drexel University]
Honorable Andy Berke [Mayor, Chattanooga, TN]
Nicole Fichera [General Manager, District Hall]