The North Texas Innovation Alliance (NTXIA), The Connective, and the Southern Arizona Smart Region Collaborate are coming together to demonstrate the collective impact of multiregional cooperation and its benefits to the public. Designated as three of the nation’s largest smart city consortiums, the organizations will convene, collaborate and evaluate new financial models using the “Region of Regions” approach to identify ways to better serve communities.
NTXIA is a 501(c)3 regional consortium of nearly 30 municipalities, agencies, corporations, and academic institutions across North Texas; The Connective is a Greater Phoenix research and implementation partnership between the public sector, academia, industry, and civic institutions. The Southern Arizona Smart Region, led by the Regional Partnering Center (RPC), a 501(c)3 regional group of nearly 30 public-private partners and academic institutions in southern Arizona, will lend multi-regional cooperation to create cross-regional public and private sector support.
The initial goal of each organization was to augment support and create funding opportunities to drive the region’s economic competitiveness and quality of life for residents within each respective region through the design and implementation of innovation, including smart city solutions. As a result of the announced collaboration, the original mission for each organization is strengthened and amplifies the scope of opportunities afforded to cross-sector participants.
“By coming together in partnership, we can evaluate the best ways to address shared challenges, as well as the barriers that inhibit the deployment of solutions. A natural place to begin collaboration between geographies is how to utilize financial models that allow the public sector to capture revenue and accelerate sustainable investments in innovative solutions. The goal of this partnership is to accelerate learnings, build connections, and ultimately identify approaches that will improve cities and towns throughout our respective regions,” NTXIA Executive Director, Jen Sanders said in a statement.