A international business figure has heaped praise on Sheffield and Rotherham’s Advanced Manufacturing Park.
Bruce Katz, vice-president of industry think tank the Brookings Institution and a former advisor to United States of America’s President Barack Obama, commended the area surrounding the park in Waverley as ‘ready to act with intention, purpose and ambition’.
The AMP is home to several high-profile engineering and research firms, including Rolls-Royce and Boeing and the area around it also includes the Sheffield Business Park.
Mr Katz, who visited the site in January, said: “The challenge of cities in mature economies is to be the best 21st-century version of themselves.
“Our visit to Sheffield convinced us that there is a strong base for a globally-significant innovation economy and a strong rationale for spatially organising that economy in ways that recognise the common attributes of innovation districts – the attributes of integration, proximity, density, connectivity, and quality place-making.
“The region, in other words, has a good hand to play and, most importantly, appears ready to act with intention, purpose, and ambition.
“These are the right ingredients for the kind of advanced economy that is a prerequisite for broad-based prosperity.”
Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “We know that, here in Sheffield City Region, we have something extremely special.
“Our expertise in advanced manufacturing is truly world-class, and we’re pleased Bruce has also recognised this.
“However, what Bruce has done is help us to shape our plans and the pathway to drive forward to the next level – to become not just world-class but world-scale – and help create a vibrant Sheffield and Rotherham that can compete with the best in the 21st century and beyond.”