US expert hosts free public talk in Sheffield

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A former advisor to US President Barack Obama has confirmed details of a public lecture in Sheffield as he visits to probe the city’s economic future.

Bruce Katz is the first expert to visit Sheffield as part of a new international economic commission aimed at gathering expert views on the city’s economic plans and improve its reputation - and in the long run attracting more investment.

As part of his visit he will host a lecture at Sheffield Cathedral on innovation districts - areas which combine research, business and living in one community.

It takes place on January 15 from 7.30pm and is free to attend.

Council and Creative Sheffield leaders say they want the delegates who will visit as part of the commission to act as ‘critical friends’ looking in from the outside and ‘immersing’ themselves in the city.

It is hoped this will help Sheffield city region to build beneficial relationships with other cities across the world.

A report on the findings of the commission will be compiled to guide future projects, within about a year’s time.

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