Nearly 500 people convened at the Gravity Building in downtown Aurora yesterday for the launch of a new era of innovation, collaboration, and connectivity in the “City of Lights,” according to a Facebook post from City of Aurora, IL, Government.
Mayor Richard C. Irvin and Governor JB Pritzker led a list of tech and business notables at TECHVIBE 2019: the official launch of Aurora’s new 605 Innovation District.
A leading-edge city development hub designed to bring together tech leaders, business developers, thought leaders and investors with a focus on creating new ideas, start-ups and opportunities using technology as the driving force, the 605 Innovation District will become the nation’s next innovation district in a growing, changing, and progressing community.
“Creating the 605 Innovation District with a lightning-fast R&D complex at its center puts Aurora on the map – not just of the state or the nation, but the world,” said Governor JB Pritzker to the cheers of the crowd that gathered in the rear courtyard at Gravity Building, 56 S. LaSalle St.
The new initiative aligns with and is an outcome of the city IT Department’s goal of learning to be the smartest city in America.
“A core component of being a Smart City is the new 605 Innovation District,” said Mayor Irvin. “This will become the driving force and catalyst for new ideas and partnerships along with future workforce and economic development.”
The masterminds behind the initiative are city of Aurora Chief Information Officer, Michael Pegues, who leads the City’s technology department, and Jimi Allen, the CEO of Bureau Gravity, the business intelligence and media hub housed at the Gravity Building on LaSalle Street in downtown Aurora.
After the plug-in ceremony with the governor and mayor, Pegues and Allen facilitated a roundtable discussion which included representatives from Amazon, Google, AT&T, Nokia, Cisco, Verizon, Mastercard, and many more.
To underscore the importance of technology to education and the future generations, the city presented iPads and desktop computers to Simply Destinee and ARM Mentoring, two community-based youth programs in Aurora.