Boston may soon be floating in innovation districts.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced on Friday the formation of a “Neighborhood Innovation District Committee” with one purpose: to expand innovation within the city of Boston.
A news release states 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 Oct. 1 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Roxbury Community College, Media Arts Room 1 (Room 301) at 1234 Columbus Ave.
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.
The members appointed to date include:
Alec Stern, Founding Team and Vice President, Strategic Innovation, Constant Contact
Alex Oliver-Davila, Executive Director, Sociedad Latina
Bill Dickens, Professor of Economics, Northeastern University
Byron Rushing, State Representative, Massachusetts House of Representatives
Charlayne Murrell-Smith, Vice President, External Relations & Corporate Development, Boston Children’s Museum
Chris Jones, Executive Director, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
Michelle Wu, Councilor At-Large, Boston City Council
Dan Isenberg, Professor of Entrepreneurship Practice, Babson College
Darnell Williams, President & CEO, Urban League Rich Davey, Secretary of MassDOT
Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Economic Development
Harry Brett, Business Manager, Plumbers Local 12
John Fitzgerald, Senior Project Manager, Boston Redevelopment Authority
Joyce Ferriabough-Bolling, Media and Political Strategist, Joyce Ferriabough Media