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Seven New Cities Join Mastercard City Possible Network

They include four U.S. cities: San Jose, Calif.; Austin, Texas; Wichita, Kan., and Erie, Pa. The network is meant to bring together cities from around the globe to collaborate on solving common problems.

Mastercard’s City Possible network of local governments working together on innovation projects has expanded from 16 to 23, adding new members from three continents.

The network, launched in November, is leaning on the expertise of former New York City Chief Technology Officer Miguel Gamiño, who joined the company last year with an eye on helping cities solve problems. That’s what City Possible is about: bringing together city leaders from across the world who have the same problems, and using their collective brainpower to help tackle those issues.

The seven new cities joining the network are:

  • San Jose, Calif.
  • Austin, Texas
  • Wichita, Kan.
  • Erie, Pa.
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Guarulhos, Brazil
  • Belfast, U.K.
In a LinkedIn post, Gamiño also announced that the insurance brokerage and risk management firm Willis Towers Watson is signing on as an industry partner to City Possible.

“What unites this tribe of urban leaders is a fundamental belief in the superpower of collaboration: the opportunity for cities to build on each other’s progress,” Gamiño wrote in the post. “Whether you like or dis-like the 'smart city' moniker, I believe there is one thing we can all agree on: For thousands of years, communities have progressed by embracing diverse ideas and people from other places.”

Two of the earliest outcomes of the network have been the convening of an accelerator in Las Vegas through the Harvard TECH program to identify multimodal mobility options and the publishing of the city of Aurora, Ill.’s technology plan. The plan, which received enthusiastic support from the mayor, also came with plaudits from outgoing Kansas City, Mo., Chief Innovation Officer Bob Bennett.

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.