Friday 9 January 2015

Members of the public are invited to a free public lecture from a former advisor to US presidents, during his visit to Sheffield next week.

Bruce Katz, internationally-renowned policy adviser on economic and urban development and vice president of the Brookings Institution, is visiting Sheffield City Region from Wednesday, 14 January to Friday, 16 January, hosted by Sheffield and Rotherham councils and the University of Sheffield.

Mr Katz, who regularly advises public, private and civic leaders on city development, co-led the housing and urban transition team for the Obama administration and previously served as chief of staff to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Clinton.

In what is a major coup for city leaders, he is coming to Sheffield and Rotherham to see Europe’s leading research-led manufacturing cluster, centred around the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the wider Advanced Manufacturing Park at Waverley.

He will also be delivering a public lecture in partnership with the University of Sheffield at Sheffield’s recently-restored historic Cathedral.

At the event, entitled “The Rise of Innovation Districts”, Mr Katz will be joined by Julie Wagner, senior fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program, and Kelly Kline, economic development director of the City of Fremont, California, for a panel discussion and question and answer session.

Free tickets for the lecture, which runs from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, are available online now at

Professor Richard Jones, pro-vice chancellor for research and innovation at the University of Sheffield, said: “We’re committed as a university to working with the city, region and private sector partners to help revitalise our economy through innovation and skills.

“Our Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is recognised internationally for its work with both global and local companies; with the new Apprentice Training Centre in operation, Factory 2050 under construction, and Sheffield’s outstandingly innovative companies, we’re seeing the rise, in our city, of a powerful innovation cluster for high value manufacturing.

“We’re thrilled that Bruce Katz is able to visit Sheffield to give us the benefit of his experience, unrivalled in the world, of how other cities have been able to transform their economies through innovation, and we look forward to putting his insights into practise.”

Mr Katz’s visit marks the launch of Sheffield’s International Economic Commission and is the first of a series of “city charrettes,” which will showcase Sheffield to the world and enable city leaders to make global investment connections.

Although tickets for the public lecture are free, places are strictly limited, and those interested in attending must book in advance.