When: Thursday, September 15th from 5:30-7 PM
Where: Trailhead (500 S 8th St, Boise)

Rod Stevens will speak about Next-Generation Work Districts: Planning Places For New Patterns of Business and Industry, In A Way That Authentically Builds On Local Skills and Character. A Q&A with local professionals about how it relates to business in Boise will follow.

Rod Stevens is an urban development consultant and revitalization strategist who brings a business view to making cities work. He specializes in jobs-oriented development, especially industrial revitalization and projects that serve as a home for the next generation of business. This last year he has been working very closely with the Town of Chapel Hill, home to prestigious UNC, to create more of a start-up scene downtown so that the community can hold onto talented young people after they graduate.

In the Bay Area he worked with the City of San Leandro, near Oakland Airport, to create a strategy for 2000 acres of old factories and warehouses near Oakland Airport that has drawn a constellation of 3D printing companies and one of the country’s largest craft breweries. At UC Davis, the world’s premier university in research on food and nutrition, he developed the strategy for industry/academic collaboration that has become the World Food Center. And in Vancouver, BC, he worked with an investment arm of the provincial government to turn an old mall into a transit-oriented tech center, one now anchored by IBM’s regional headquarters and a branch campus of Simon Fraser University.

Most recently, Rod has been working on modern urban manufacturing, and how to use the power of place to both attract young talent and leverage this to create partnerships between start-ups and original equipment manufacturers. In all of his work, Rod tries to combine the power of place with this focus on business, so that communities can realize practical change today, not just ten years from now. In this talk, he will look at some of the country’s most innovative work places and the businesses and industries driving the change, and how the lessons learned from these might be adapted to meet Boise’s needs.

This event is presented by Trailhead and Idaho Smart Growth and sponsored by CCDC.

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