The mayor of an American city renowned for being a hub for advanced manufacturing paid a visit to the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.
Greg Fisher, mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, attended the site on October 21 to learn about manufacturing projects being worked on in South Yorkshire and to compare them with those in his home city.
Mayor Fischer, who was elected in 2010 and is now in his second term, was given a full tour of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, which is a world-class facility for advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other manufacturing sectors.
He was accompanied by councillor Denise Lelliott, Rotherham Council’s advisory cabinet member for housing and the local economy, Paul Woodcock, Rotherham’s director of planning, regeneration and culture, John Mothersole, Sheffield City Council’s chief executive and cllr Leigh Bramall, Sheffield City Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for business, skills and development.
Cllr Lelliott said: “I am proud to welcome mayor Fischer and show him the innovative work that we are doing. His goals are closely aligned to what we are working to deliver in Rotherham and I believe we have much to learn from each other.”
Mayor Fischer’s visit follows on from that of Bruce Katz, one of the world’s leading figures in city development. He visited Sheffield and Rotherham in January this year to advise on the ambitious project to develop the first Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District in the UK, Europe’s largest research-led advanced manufacturing cluster. Mr Katz has now become an ambassador for the region.