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6 May 2016

DAY 0: US-AUSTRALIA CITY EXCHANGE ON INNOVATION ECOSYSTEMS KICKS OFF IN SAN FRANCISCO

The US-Australia City Exchange on Innovation Ecosystems has kicked off in San Francisco.

Twenty delegates from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia have arrived in San Francisco to take part in the Exchange, presented by the Future Cities Collaborative, an initiative of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

The Exchange coincides with the Australian Federal Government launching the National Innovation and Science Agenda to embrace new ideas in innovation, harness new sources of growth, and challenge city-shapers to look for new ways to transform our cities and create a modern, dynamic, 21st century economy.

With Federal, State and Local Governments all seeking to encourage and expand the innovation economy in Australia, there has never been a better time to look to the United States for lessons on how to plan, finance, implement and support innovation districts in our cities. The Exchange will examine the various elements that contribute to the success of an innovation district – from the physical infrastructure to the social, economic and cultural shifts that need to occur to create a thriving innovation ecosystem that generates jobs in the new economy. With limited public resources available to achieve this change, city-shapers will need to learn how to create and sustain successful districts that can contribute to the new economy, provide housing and civic amenities, and renew inner-city precincts into world-class urban areas that are vibrant, connected, competitive, and resilient places.

Delegates were warmly welcomed to San Francisco by Mr Laki Kondylas, NSW Trade Commissioner for North America, and Jacinta McCann, Executive Vice President of our sponsoring partner AECOM who described the San Francisco and Bay area as having a hypercharged economy that is changing the face of the city and is a great place for us to examine and learn from.

First stop tomorrow is the City of Emeryville, located on the East Bay and home to Pixar, where Charlie Bryant, Community Development Director, will lead us through the story of the re-vitalisation of the mid-sized town into an innovation and tech hub.

Stay tuned for daily posts on the Exchange. 


Sponsored by: AECOM

 

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