Brookings Institution: The Rise of Innovation Districts

I'm honored to be speaking at the Brookings Institution on Monday, on a topic that is near and dear to my heart: innovation districts, of course. Brookings will be doing a live webcast of the event, which has a really impressive lineup of expertise in this emerging area. See event info below, or visit the Brookings Institution's event page. You can follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #InnovationDistricts.

As this decade unfolds, we should expect more cities to use their powers in the service of this new model of innovative, inclusive, and resilient growth.
— Bruce Katz, Brookings Institution, Metropolitan Policy Program

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

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]