A big proponent of smart-city initiatives under Gov. Doug Ducey, Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO Sandra Watson shared her insight on the work being done to elevate the Greater Phoenix region as a smart city during the Arizona Technology Council’s 2020 Smart City + IoT Conference.
The Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation is giving $2.5 million to Pima Community College Foundation to advance the College’s growing presence as the center of economic recovery and growth in the region.
Committed to increasing the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the state, the Arizona Technology Council outlines the importance of renewable energy.
In the Council’s August 2020 podcast, distinguished Tucson economic development leaders discussed the key drivers strengthening Tucson’s competitiveness, how Sun Corridor and the City of Tucson have been instrumental in accelerating economic growth in the region, as well as the factors fostering the innovation, technology and creativity needed to be a world-class tech hub.
Tucson Electric Power promotes EV charging program for businesses, learn which of America’s colleges and universities are leading the transition to a 100% renewable energy system, Tucson-based SOLON Corporation has been recognized by Solar Power World magazine, Tempe-based Persefoni launches technology to help companies document their carbon emissions, Arizona energy giant Salt River Project provides free trees to be more energy-efficient, Electrify America develops cross-country EV charging infrastructure, and more.
Innovative companies, agencies and cities are playing a significant role in enabling the growth of Arizona’s transportation electrification market and electric-vehicle charging infrastructure. A distinguished panel of experts from the Nikola Motors Company, Silicon Foundry, Exponent and the City of Peoria, Ariz. discussed the economic development benefits and infrastructure challenges of increased adoption of electric vehicles, as well as how the growth of the electrification market and EV-charging infrastructure can play a role in Arizona’s economic recovery plan for the state. Moderated by Dominic Papa, Arizona Commerce Authority’s vice president of Smart State Initiative, it was a fantastic discussion and well worth a listen.
Arizona is joining a coalition of 20 states, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the American Association of Community Colleges – with support from Lumina Foundation and the Siemens Foundation – to launch the Reskilling and Recovery Network.
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) finally goes into effect across North America. In this uneasy time full of conflict and intense partisanship, it’s worth taking a moment to celebrate the bipartisan effort of Arizona’s congressional delegation to secure passage of this historic trade agreement. All 11 Republican and Democratic senators and representatives voted unanimously in favor of the USMCA, and they served as a model of compromise and cooperation for a divided Congress.
The Arizona Technology Council held a virtual event featuring Shivani Dubey, deputy district director of the SBA Arizona District Office, and Yolanda Stokes, public information officer with the U.S. Small Business Administration, who shared valuable resources that are available for small businesses, as well as critical information on how apply for grants and loans. It was a fantastic discussion and well worth a listen.
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