Public-Private Partnerships for the Knowledge Economy: The Case of Innovation Centers

Morisson, A. (2017). Public-Private Partnerships for the Knowledge Economy: The Case of Innovation Centers. 13th International Postgraduate Research Conference 2017. 1003-1014

12 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2017 Last revised: 11 Oct 2017

Arnault Morisson

Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria

Date Written: September 12, 2017

Abstract

In the late 2000s, new spaces — such as co-working, maker spaces, and co-living spaces — have been emerging in the knowledge-based post-industrial cities. The paper investigates the emergence of innovation centers through the use of public-private partnerships. The research methodology is based on a multiple case-study approach in which three cases were selected: Barcelona Growth Center in Barcelona (Spain), District Hall in Boston (USA), and Edney Innovation Center in Chattanooga (USA). Innovation centers, which consist of widely diverse creative and knowledge-based activities located within the same building, participate in the urban regeneration of downtown areas through the promotion of entrepreneurship. The paper finds that the local governments, which adopt public-private partnerships to create innovation centers, are entrepreneurial and are aligning their actions and visions with those of the entrepreneurs they are trying to attract. For the entrepreneurial local governments, innovation centers are anchor spaces incorporated in a broader vision of making “innovation districts”.

Keywords: creative city, innovation districts, public-private partnership, knowledge economy, urban regeneration

Suggested Citation

Morisson, Arnault, Public-Private Partnerships for the Knowledge Economy: The Case of Innovation Centers (September 12, 2017). Morisson, A. (2017). Public-Private Partnerships for the Knowledge Economy: The Case of Innovation Centers. 13th International Postgraduate Research Conference 2017. 1003-1014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3046174

Arnault Morisson (Contact Author)

Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria ( email )

Via dei Bianchi, 2
Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria 89127
Italy

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