2018 National Planning Conference

Innovation Districts in the New Suburbia

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. CDT

Location: R03

CM | 1.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC188115


  • How to create and implement a successful innovation district
  • How employers, particularly tech-related firms, make decisions on location
  • What an innovation district is and best practices for establishing one


Much has recently been written about the innovation district, geographic areas where top anchor institutions and companies both locate to connect with start-ups and growth-stage firms. Innovation districts occur organically or are developed as master planned areas, with urban places like Boston's Kendall Square and St. Louis's` Cortex reflecting recent best practices. In addition to the presence of academic or institutional anchors and businesses, these districts are typically dense, amenity-rich, and walkable live-work-play areas. In Nassau County, New York, the model for suburbia, the concept of a "Biotech Innovation Park" was proposed at the Nassau Coliseum site, a 77-acre area filled with acres of parking lots. On behalf of the Long Island Index, a group collaborative developed a proposal to create a true innovation district in the heart of old suburbia by recommending a program consisting of denser multi-family housing, additional office space, robust transit, and retail amenities. How can the suburbs — which once housed job-producing research parks — transform their communities to innovation districts, attracting employers and young workers who crave a vibrant, urban experience?

Session Speakers

Nathan Storring
New York City, NY

Jee Mee Kim
HR&A Advisors
New York, NY

Shuprotim Bhaumik
HR&A Advisors, Inc.
New York, NY

John Skach, AICP
Central Atlanta Progress
Atlanta, GA

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