I had the opportunity recently to speak with the Mayor’s Chief Innovation Officer, Scott Shapiro, about his work. His focus is transformative projects, such as fiber optic infrastructure, and has included developing a typology—university cities—that identifies and builds upon the unique benefits that a number of small cities like Lexington share. You can view the video of our Council Comment conversation below:
If you are interested in a more thorough primer on university cities, I recommend you read Scott Shapiro’s article in Next City, here. For even more depth, please review resources from the University Cities conference. Video of the complete event is available online. Should you wish to pursue your own research in this area, please consider applying for a Knight Foundation grant. Awards can range from $2,500 to $10,000.