“It’s no secret that the recipe for economic success usually includes generous portions of innovation and technology,” Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor at Area Development, writes in this recent article. “That has been part of the economic development story for many years in such places as Boston, Seattle, the Research Triangle, and Silicon Valley.”
The article is focused more on “innovation corridors,” not just “innovation districts,” and the author writes about the need for “innovation cultivators” – incubators and accelerators, tech transfer offices, job training organizations, grocery stores, coffeeshops, medical offices, dog parks, and people networks – not just “innovation drivers.”
It’s a lengthy article that also cites a number of cities that fit the bill like Ann Arbor, Phoenix, Norfolk and Roanoke, and Lexington among others. For those in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge region in particular, the ingredients might sound familiar.