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Center for Smart Cities and Regions

The Center for Smart Cities and Regions is dedicated to advancing quality of life, inclusivity, and resilience in communities. A hub of expertise and collaboration, members work across sectors to build capacity within cities and regions to leverage technology towards public good.

The center examines a range of socio-technical issues, including smart cities, educational modeling in Arizona, and urban resilience to climate change and extreme heat. Researchers generate scholarship, educational programs, and engagement opportunities that tackle real-world challenges, and in doing so, create more vibrant futures. 

Among the center's current projects are efforts such as the Greater Phoenix Smart Regions Initiative, in collaboration with the Arizona Institute for Digital Progress (iDP), Greater Phoenix Economic Council and communities in the Greater Phoenix area to create the first smart region initiative.

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Emerging Tech

Energy and the Environment

Social Justice