How Cities Can Nurture an Industrial Renaissance
More and more, innovative companies that make things want to be in the city. Their needs are different from those of yesterday's manufacturers.
Rod Stevens, principal with Business Street, provides revitalization strategy consulting for real estate, business and economic development, helping clients leverage their assets to draw talent and investment.
Stevens' clients include cities, universities, medical centers and private investors around the country. He helped Chapel Hill, N.C., re-brand itself as an international center for research and development and the University of Califonia at Davis create a strategy for industry-academic collaboration on applied research in food and nutrition. He is currently working with the city of Sacramento, Calif., on the strategy to turn an old industrial area into a next-generation work district for artisanal manufacturers, marketing and design firms, and hardware tech firms.