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Mayor announces Neighborhood Innovation District Committee

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Mayor Martin Walsh announced the formation of a “Neighborhood Innovation District Committee” to expand innovation and entrepreneurship in the City of Boston.

The Neighborhood Innovation District Committee will seek to identify policies, practices and infrastructure improvements to support the development of innovation districts throughout the city. The first meeting will be October 1 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Roxbury Community College, Media Arts Room 1 (Room 301) at 1234 Columbus Avenue. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

“As we seek to foster and support economic development in Boston, it is essential for us to establish an environment that supports entrepreneurship and job creation throughout all corners of our city,” Walsh said. “Innovation knows no boundaries, and our policies, infrastructure, and programs should reflect that, from West Roxbury and Hyde Park to East Boston and Charlestown.”

Comprised of local leaders and experts who represent businesses, community-based organizations, elected offices, and City of Boston departments, the Neighborhood Innovation District Committee will be chaired by John Barros, Chief of Economic Development for the City of Boston, and Edward Glaeser, professor of Economics at Harvard University and director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.

“In today’s economy entrepreneurship and innovation can offer flexible career choices for everyone, from a resident’s first job to those looking to start a second or even third career,” Barros said. “Having the ability and support to create and grow businesses can only make our neighborhoods and communities stronger.”

“This is an exciting opportunity to envision a Boston that is both more entrepreneurial and more inclusive,” Glaeser said.

In addition to ensuring that all residents have an opportunity to be a part of the modern economy, this committee will provide review and make suggestions for an inclusive economic agenda on innovation for the city, and lay the groundwork to pilot an innovation district embedded within a neighborhood.

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