Partnership for Economic Innovation

We believe innovation’s next challenge isn’t exponential growth, it’s exponential impact.

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Focus area: INNOVATION

Applied Research

Arizona is in a unique position — not just to test, but to invent the products, services and ideas that will change the world.

WearTech Applied Research Center
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PEI launched WearTech Center in 2019 to grow a future-of-health tech ecosystem around Arizona’s thriving biomedical scene.

Blockchain Applied Research Center
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Pioneering digital trust requires new forms of collaboration. PEI launched AZ BARC to apply blockchain research to industry solutions.


Smart Region

Regionally-aligned cities learn, anticipate, tackle and innovate better together — and they do it at scale.

The Connective
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The Connective helps Greater Phoenix communities access research, pilot projects and scaled solutions rooted in connectivity, mobility, equity and sustainability.


Workforce of the Future

We believe innovators self identify — if they have access to the career and education pathways to do so.

Pipeline AZ
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Pipeline AZ is PEI’s career development and exploration platform designed to create more pathways to in-demand careers for all Arizonans.

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Our Mission

Since the inception of PEI, our mission remains to transform Arizona into a top global market for innovation, fueled by world-class research centers, advanced industries and creative entrepreneurs.

Our Partners

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The Connective: Building a smart region