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The Connective Interviewed on The Mix: Why Greater Phoenix's Smart Region is Rising Internationally

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

Watch the Channel 7 interview with Brian Dean of the Connective:

A few weeks ago Partnership for Economic Innovation was proud to share that the Greater Phoenix Connective was selected by the European Commission to participate in the Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC) as a Mentor Region. This distinguished designation makes Greater Phoenix the first mentor from the United States selected to work with over 100 Cities in the European Union to collaboratively find solutions to our greatest sustainability challenges through the use of innovation and cutting-edge technology.

Last week, Brian Dean of the Connective sat down with Channel 7 to discuss the importance of this designation, and the amazing platform it provides to bring global notoriety to the innovation happening in Greater Phoenix.

About Greater Phoenix Connective:

The Connective is a public, private, university and community partnership created by Partnership for Economic Innovation, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Maricopa Association of Governments, Arizona State University and the Institute for Digital Progress.

Through a community-driven applied research model and intentional, unprecedented collaboration, the Connective seeks to empower Greater Phoenix communities to build the nation’s largest Smart Region, developing and deploying scalable technology solutions rooted in connectivity, mobility, equity, and sustainability.

Learn more about the Connective at

About Partnership for Economic Innovation

Partnership for Economic Innovation is a passionate collective of business and community leaders dedicated to accelerating economic opportunities for Greater Phoenix. We believe innovation’s next challenge isn’t exponential growth, it’s exponential impact—which is why PEI is investing in community-building technology and R&D designed to make Greater Phoenix more resilient and empower individuals to bring world-changing ideas to market.

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