Building a Buzzy Hive of Invention and Collaboration

At the Brown University School of Professional Studies (SPS), we don’t just talk the talk about innovation. We do it.

According to the New York Times, in “Building a Buzzy Hive of Invention and Collaboration,” the historic jewelry district in Providence Rhode Island is one of the country’s up and coming innovation and design centers.

The article shows how Brown University is playing a major role forging the network of public, private, civic, academic and entrepreneurial interests to make this urban development happen.

“We are proud to be a driving force in Providence’s emergence as a dynamic and creative catalyst for growing businesses in today’s innovative economy,” said Brown University Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Dean, School of Professional Studies Karen Sibley.

“This urban renewal story captures how business leaders today must be able to think and act across the public/private divide and industry sectors. Our executive programs founded on Brown’s interdisciplinary excellence cultivate 21st century, strategic problem-solvers prepared to impact their careers, businesses and communities.”

The article highlights the culmination of Brown’s multi-stakeholder leadership in the jewelry district in the development of:

  • South Street Landing – The conversion of a vacant, century-old power station into a University of RI/Rhode Island College cutting-edge public nursing school, and a home – with serious “wow” factor – for Brown’s administrative staff.
  • Innovation Center – In this 191,000 square foot building that recently broke ground, the Brown School of Professional Studies will be an anchor tenant along with the Cambridge Innovation Center, a Boston-area company that leases space to start-ups; and a Johnson & Johnson health technology operation.

As an example of the spinoff innovation from these investments, the article refers to a New England Medical Innovation Center in the planning stages for the district that will “assemble teams of engineering, design and medical professionals to develop solutions for medical needs, perhaps spawning new companies in the process.”

To read the rest of the New York Times article, click here.

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