With innovation as the clear driver of economic growth and productivity, pursuing the development of an Innovation District and Innovation Centers allows the City of Davis and the community to take a deliberate role in the growth and sustainability of the local economy.  Developing Innovation Centers allows the City to leverage and build upon existing innovative assets such as the University of California, Davis, a preeminent research institution and the large number of innovative businesses already located in Davis. 

Guiding Principles for the Development of Innovation Centers

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With input from staff, several city commissions, Cool Davis, and the City Council Innovation Center Subcommittee, the City Council adopted a set of “Guiding Principles” to better define community values and clarify community expectations for evaluating and guiding refinement of proposed Innovation Centers.  Subsequently, the City Council determined that the Guiding Principles, as applicable, would also help guide the evaluation of the Nishi Gateway Mixed-Use Innovation District.  The principles provide a framework for community evaluation of the projects.  They will be used as one of several evaluation tools for assessment and comparison of the Innovation District and Innovation Center proposals.  Other tools will include the EIR, technical reports, community outreach, General Plan policy consistency analysis, and local regulatory consistency analysis.  

The principles are organized into eight areas or themes. Click here for a summary of the guiding principles.