Welcome to the Future of Greater Pensacola

To innovate means to make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.

A Place for PEOPLE to Innovate!

The Innovation District is about people and creating an environment for people to connect and interact with each other. This is done by creating great public spaces that encourage walking and biking. An Innovation District is not about the real estate, it is not a build it and they will come commerce park.

The Pensacola Innovation District in mid-town will bring major changes to the well established commercial and industrial corridor that is the gateway to beautiful and historic Downtown Pensacola. It will be a vibrant and walkable area that contains public spaces, a host of coffee shops and eateries and is home to entrepreneurs, social innovators, maker spaces, artist studios, commercial businesses and light industry all linked by attractive streets, a bike share program, and a free shuttle to downtown.

Where is the Innovation District?.

The following images illustrate the overall district and shows the areas that are within the jurisdictions of Escambia County and the City of Pensacola.

Click to enlarge and show an aerial photo of the entire district.

Click to enlarge and show the district boundary and the County and City areas.

Read the Concept paper for more information.

What is an Innovation District?

An Innovation District is a dedicated zone for the purpose of clustering entrepreneurs, startup businesses, incubators, accelerators with anchor institutions and other businesses. The creation of Innovation Districts is a trend in urban design that stimulates economic growth in cities. They are easily accessible via public transportation, wired for public Wi-Fi, support mixed-use development and nuture collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Watch the video below to learn more about the new geography of innovation districts and the Metropolitan Revolution and read the online essay.

 
 
 
 

Innovation Districts Need Great Public Places

According to reseach conducted by the Project for Public Spaces, there are four qualities that public spaces need. They must be accessible with people engaged in activities, they need to have a good image and be comfortable and sociable - a place where people meet each other. Read more about Placemaking.

Let us hear from you...

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Read the Concept Paper

Read the Concept Paper

The following are great background reading.

Read about the NW Florida Forward Plan

Read about the NW Florida Forward Plan

Describes the impact of a great place to an entrepreneurial ecosystem

Describes the impact of a great place to an entrepreneurial ecosystem

Read about the Innovation District concept

Read about the Innovation District concept

Read about place making

Read about place making

Read more about the planning grant opportunity

Read more about the planning grant opportunity