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Aug 16

Monday Zoom: Julie Wagner, Global Institute on Innovation Districts

August 16, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

ETEC is pleased to invite you to a special MONDAY virtual program on innovation centers by Julie Wagner, president of the Global Institute on Innovation Districts.

The meeting will be on Monday, August 16, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). It will most likely last until 2:00 or 2:15 p.m.

Please register with this Zoom Registration Link:

Julie, president of The Global Institute on Innovation Districts, will be visiting East Tennessee from Europe at the invitation of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to discuss the Oak Ridge Corridor’s potential as an innovation center.

ETEC will be broadcasting her presentation via Zoom to our members and guests. During this virtual meeting, Julie will explain what innovation districts are, why they are valued by governments and other local stakeholders, and key factors leading to their success.


As president of The Global Institute on Innovation Districts, Julie leads efforts to drive cutting-edge research, manage a global network of innovation districts, and provide detailed evidence-based strategies to advance the practice. She also serves as president of Urban Insight, a boutique consulting practice dedicated to the advancement of innovation districts. She is a prolific urban researcher and is co-author of the papers “The rise of innovation districts: A new geography of innovation in America” and “The evolution of innovation districts: The new geography of global innovation.”

Julie has over 25 years of experience advancing cities and urban areas. She is a nonresident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, an independent think tank based in Washington, D.C., where she designed and led numerous global research initiatives, including the Bass Initiative for Innovation and Placemaking. She is also a visiting scholar for the Esade Business School’s Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics. Julie has co-authored several papers on the changing role of innovation and place, including “Innovation spaces: The new design of work” and “Advancing a new wave of economic competitiveness: The role of mayors in the rise of innovation districts.”

Living in Europe, she continues to help advance the competitiveness of cities and regions globally, including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London, Milan, Silicon Valley, Sheffield, Sydney, and Turin. Julie is supporting the development of innovation districts in cities across Israel in her capacity as a strategic advisor to Israel’s National Economic Council.

A trained city planner, Julie served as a deputy planning director for the District of Columbia, where she developed the city’s long-range plan. She earned a master’s degree in city planning from MIT and holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from Northeastern University. Julie has received several planning awards from MIT and the American Planning Association for her work.


August 16, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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