US expert to host free lecture in Sheffield

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A former advisor to US presidents is to host a free public lecture on the rise of innovation districts.

Bruce Katz, an internationally-renowned policy adviser on economic and urban development, is visiting Sheffield after being invited by Sheffield and Rotherham councils and the University of Sheffield.

Mr Katz, who regularly advises public, private and civic leaders on city development, worked with the Obama and Clinton administrations.

During his trip to Sheffield he will visit the research-led manufacturing cluster, centred around the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and the wider Advanced Manufacturing Park at Waverley.

Professor Richard Jones, pro-vice chancellor for research and innovation at the University of Sheffield, said: “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.”

Visit for tickets to the lecture at 7.30pm on Thursday.