Published on : Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Today, at an event hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in conjunction with the inaugural Smart Cities Week, Dallas announced the formation of a public-private partnership dedicated to executing a smart cities plan for Dallas.
The Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) is a coalition of stakeholders from the City of Dallas, corporations, civic and NGO organizations, academia and private individuals who are invested in Dallas’ continued evolution as a forward-thinking city where social and technological infrastructures and solutions facilitate and accelerate sustainable economic growth, resource efficiency, and importantly, improves the quality of life in the city for its citizens. Operating from a foundational vision that smart cities are about people – and not just technology – DIA is focused on the end user, and building a critical mass of the most highly-engaged citizens in the country.
“Dallas has been a pioneer in driving innovative, entrepreneurial solutions in the US, and many organizations across the city are undertaking creative solutions to address urban challenges,” stated Trey Bowles, CEO of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center and Co-Founder of the Dallas Innovation Alliance. “As a major metropolitan area with a strong business climate and 21 Fortune 500 companies located in the region, this is the right time for Dallas to undertake a dedicated, comprehensive smart city plan with the goal of creating the most consumer focused Smart City strategy in the world. We are thrilled to have so many pivotal organizations on board as charter members of the Dallas Innovation Alliance, and are looking forward to executing a smart cities program with the goal of creating the most consumer focused Smart City strategy in the world.”
Led by the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC), today, the Dallas Innovation Alliance also revealed the founding Charter Members of the organization: Mayor Mike Rawlings and the City of Dallas, AECOM, AT&T, IBM, Microsoft, Schneider Electric, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Dallas Regional Chamber, Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Dallas Inc., Texas Research Alliance and The Real Estate Council (TREC).
DIA’s work will be complemented through the City of Dallas and the Texas Research Alliance’s participation in the MetroLab Network, a national effort also announced today at the White House, a national consortium of university-city teams focused on sharing solutions to difficult problems in urban infrastructure.
The Metro Lab Network will bring together university researchers with city decision makers to research, develop, and deploy (“RD&D”) technology and analytically-based solutions to the problems facing the systems and infrastructure on which our citizens, cities, and regional economies depend. The Network will focus on common challenges facing cities in order to develop shared, scalable solutions that can be deployed across the Network.
Source:- Visit Dallas
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