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North Texas Innovation Alliance Joins City Possible Network

The Dallas-based smart city innovation organization announced its partnership with Mastercard's City Possible network. The collaboration will mean more access to smart city resources and ideas.

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Smart city leaders in the Dallas metro region have partnered with a new international initiative to collaborate with other thought leaders and grow innovation.

The North Texas Innovation Alliance (NTXIA) has joined the City Possible network, created by credit card provider Mastercard, to bring cities and technology companies together to advance urban sustainability and innovation projects.

The partnership will collaborate on projects focused in areas like resiliency in the face of health crises like the COVID-19 pandemic or extreme weather, in addition to efforts in other areas like transportation, land use, equity and more.

“Smart City collaboration is now moving beyond municipal boundaries, and more and more regions are working together in order to create seamless interchanges for their residents,” said Jennifer Sanders, cofounder of the North Texas Innovation Alliance, in a statement. “Everyone benefits from the North Texas region working collectively to create the most compelling and innovative solutions that support government, residents and businesses, and to provide the infrastructure that can attract more residents and organizations, and is prepared to respond together with agility in times of crisis.”

NTXIA is made of 21 founding cities across the Dallas metro region, and has led projects like the Smart Cities Living Lab, a four-block section of downtown Dallas which received new smart lighting, environmental sensors and other technology.

Becoming part of the City Possible community gives NTXIA an added reach to develop and test technology as well as the ability to collaborate more fully with other cities.

“Since its inception, City Possible was always designed to become a network of networks and we are already seeing that come to fruition in 2020,” said Miguel Gamiño, executive vice president for enterprise partnerships and head of global cities at City Possible, in a statement. “By bringing their consortium of cities to the network, we will help the regions represented by NTXIA tap into the insights and resources of the global community and accelerate local collaboration to deploy solutions at scale.”

Skip Descant writes about smart cities, the Internet of Things, transportation and other areas. He spent more than 12 years reporting for daily newspapers in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and California. He lives in downtown Yreka, Calif.