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A consortium of public, private, university and community partners in Greater Phoenix has announced its plan to build the US’ largest and most connected smart region.

The Partnership for Economic Innovation, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Maricopa Association of Governments, Arizona State University and the Institute for Digital Progress have launched the Connective to empower Greater Phoenix communities and build the nation’s largest, most connected smart region.

The Connective will develop a smart region grid by developing and deploying technology solutions at scale.

The consortium will address challenges in mobility, equity and sustainability.

“Two years ago we announced the intention and vision for a smart region consortium in Greater Phoenix,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “Now a reality, this consortium will elevate the region’s competitiveness and enhance the reputation of Greater Phoenix as a preeminent market where companies can test, develop and deploy technology at scale while providing our residents with a technologically advanced lifestyle opportunity.”

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The City of Apache Junction, City of Buckeye, City of Casa Grande, City of Chandler, Town of El Mirage, Town of Fountain Hills, Town of Gilbert, City of Glendale, City of Goodyear, City of Mesa, City of Peoria, City of Phoenix, Town of Queen Creek, City of Scottsdale, City of Surprise, City of Tempe, City of Tolleson and the Town of Youngtown have committed to participate in The Connective.

“The Maricopa Association of Governments will support the consortium by working with member communities to identify challenges or opportunities they believe can be addressed through technology, and the industry partners will collaborate to develop proposed solutions,” said MAG Regional Council Chair and Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell.

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