The Discovery Park District environment is a thriving $1 billion 400-acre mixed use master planned community being orchestrated by the PRF, but privately developed. The District supports single and multi-family housing and a range of retail and hospitality venues including a health care campus, community park, event center, public gardens, small hotel and conference center, commercial office and research spaces and industrial sites. The District is midway through its 10-year buildout cycle.
This “living” environment, enabled by the connectivity platform alongside students and faculty at Purdue and governance model that facilitates “smart community” applications is very unique compared to other innovation districts. Other so-called “smart community” eco-systems might have certain technology assets (i.e., a 5G network), but lack the overall ability to advance innovation given challenges associated with legacy investments, community trust and engagement, and the political realities of municipalities.
The DPD L2L environment supports engagement and innovation in areas like transportation, public safety, energy, personal commerce and the environment. However, as we’ve seen through the Digital Trust Initiative, the most successful smart city initiatives are the ones in which the community is empowered and engaged as a collaboration partner that opts to actively participate.