Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID)

Innovation Districts are geographic areas where anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect with small firms, start-ups, business incubators and accelerators.

Physically compact, transit accessible and technically wired, they offer mixed-use housing, office and retail, to enable an innovation ecosystem.

The Sheffield-Rotherham Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID) is a vision for a world leading, research led Advanced Manufacturing cluster along the Rotherham-Sheffield corridor, where we design and make the next generation of whole industries. 

Further Information:

Bruce Katz & his involvement with the Rotherham-Sheffield Innovation District

Bruce J. Katz is a Vice President at the Brookings Institution. He is also co-author of ‘The Metropolitan Revolution’, a distillation of his work on the emerging metropolitan-led "next economy", working to produce more and better jobs driven by innovation, exports and sustainability. He co-led the housing and urban transition team for the Obama administration and previously served as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Bill Clinton.

Bruce is working with the joint Rotherham-Sheffield authorities on helping to develop and benchmark the newly proposed Innovation District, drawing on his own experiences of developing innovation districts in the United States.

Bruce first visited Sheffield's proposed AMID in January 2015, alongside Kelly Kline, Economic Development Director of the City of Fremont, California to assess the potential of the area to further develop it's plans for a unique Innovation District, centred on the areas unrivaled offering in Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering.

See his initial findings on the Brookings Institution website.

See also the joint Sheffield-Rotherham press release on the visit and project.