DART is partnering with AT&T, Dallas Entrepreneur Center and other local organizations in creation of the Dallas Innovation Alliance, a public-private partnership dedicated to executing a smart cities plan for Dallas.
“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.”
The work, which focuses on infrastructure, mobility and connected living, will take place at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center in the West End in downtown Dallas. West End is home to DART’s busiest light rail station. Dallas’ efforts are a part of a larger, national effort called the Smart Cities initiative launched by The White House Monday.
Initiative that will invest over $160 million in federal research and leverage more than 25 new technology collaborations to help local communities tackle key challenges such as reducing traffic congestion, fighting crime, fostering economic growth, managing the effects of a changing climate, and improving the delivery of city services. The new initiative is part of this Administration’s overall commitment to target federal resources to meet local needs and support community-led solutions.
“Every community is different, with different needs and different approaches. But communities that are making the most progress on these issues have some things in common. They don’t look for a single silver bullet; instead they bring together local government and nonprofits and businesses and teachers and parents around a shared goal,” said President Barack Obama.
Other charter members in the Dallas Innovation Alliance include Mayor Mike Rawlings, AECOM, IBM, Microsoft, Schneider Electric, Dallas Regional Chamber, Dallas Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Downtown Dallas Inc., Texas Research Alliance, and The Real Estate Council. Learn more at DallasInnovationAlliance.com.