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Thursday, October 3 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Creating Shared Value in Innovation Districts

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Increasingly, startups, incubators and accelerators around the world are clustering around leading-edge companies and institutions in dense urban settings called "innovation districts." Knowledge Park is a walkable, multi-faceted innovation district within Rock Hill, South Carolina that will build a modern economy, and reinvent the original heart of the city. In this session, participants will learn how Rock Hill is supporting and creating amenities, programming, and governance to make Knowledge Park a destination that is special, and memorable for everyone who experiences it. With an intentional focus on inclusiveness, Rock Hill is working to ensure that all citizens find reasons that Knowledge Park is meaningful to their lives.


Jennifer Wilford

Director of Housing & Neighborhood Services, City of Rock Hill
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Melanie Jones

Chair, Quality of Life Committee Committee, Rock Hill Economic Development Board of Directors

Stephen Turner

Director of Economic Development, City of Rock Hill Economic and Urban Development Department
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Ryan Sanderson

CEO & Co-Founder, Knowledge Perk
Ryan Sanderson (Co-Founder & CEO of Knowledge Perk) is a military transplant who has lived in York County for the last 15 years. He has worked with a high profile tech start up, started and exited a local company, and is working on development opportunities in the Knowledge Park area... Read More →
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Dawn Johnson

Chair, B.E.L.L. Black Economic Leadership League
Using my platform as a business owner and community servant to give a voice to the underserved community. My definition of the underserved community are working people who pay taxes but their needs and voices may go unheard or they get overlooked because they are not visible, connected... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm EDT
Chattanooga Public Library, 4th Floor