US Mayor visits Rotherham and Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Park

Published Friday, 23rd October 2015
US Mayor
US Mayor visits Rotherham

The Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, USA visited the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Catcliffe, Rotherham on Wednesday 21 October.

Mayor Greg Fischer was elected in 2010 and is now in his second term as Louisville’s 50th Mayor.

His administration is focused on three top goals:
  • Creating good paying jobs
  • Improving education at all levels
  • Making Louisville an even more compassionate city
During his visit, Mayor Fischer was given a full tour of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, Nuclear AMRC and AMRC Castings.

The AMRC is a world-class centre for advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high-value manufacturing sectors.

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. 

As Bruce Katz continues to work with the economic development arm of Sheffield City Council, Rotherham Borough Council and The University of Sheffield in the planning and development of the first UK Innovation Districts, he has become an ambassador for the region, championing the unique facilities, talent and business base that exist in Rotherham and Sheffield.

Mayor Fischer was accompanied by Cllr Denise Lelliott, Rotherham Council’s Advisory Cabinet Member for Housing and the Local Economy and 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 to Rotherham and show him the innovative work that we are doing in this area.

“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.”

Cllr Leigh Bramall, Sheffield City Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business Skills and Development, said: “We are delighted to welcome another prestigious international guest to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.  Mayor Fischer is both a successful businessman and award winning Public Official; who shares Sheffield’s commitment to creating a culture of innovation and is keen to see first-hand the success exemplified by our model of university-business collaboration at the AMRC.”

Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky and a centre for advanced manufacturing and logistics. It is home to UPS World Port and is the regional economic hub and cultural and artistic heart of 24 surrounding counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Photo caption:
Pictured from the left are: Simeon Leach, Economic Development Manager at Rotherham Council; Cllr Denise Lelliott, Rotherham Council’s Advisory Cabinet member for Housing and the Local Economy; Paul Woodcock, Rotherham Council’s Director of Planning, Regeneration and Culture; Mayor Greg Fischer; Cllr Leigh Bramall, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business Skills and Development at Sheffield City Council; John Baragwanath, Projects Director at AMRC and Andy Gates, Head of Policy at Sheffield City Region.