Brooks Rainwater, Director of the City Solutions and Applied Research Center at the National League of Cities, explores the increasing impact that innovation districts are having on wider metropolitan economies.
The innovation districts are creative, energy-laden ecosystems with a focus on building partnerships across sectors. They attract entrepreneurs, established companies, and leaders in all walks of life, and provide them with the space to create unexpected relationships and find transformative solutions.
Innovation district growth in cities as far afield as Boston, Las Vegas, and Barcelona belies their success in reflecting our ever-more complex world, which demands increased collaboration to understand the latest trends, let alone address problems with solutions that are more and more frequently found at the boundaries between different fields. In short, Innovation Districts are places designed to bridge gaps between fields and make unusual collaboration more likely to happen.