The Phoenix metro area is one of the fastest-growing regions in the U.S., according to Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, noting that demographically, the region also has the sixth-youngest market in the entire U.S.

“But that’s not enough,” Camacho said. “The convergence of innovation at scale with the multidisciplinary focus of this university, combined with our ability to solve the significant challenges with solutions born here, is critically important.

“What I can tell you that’s distinctive about this region is that we truly do work together for the benefit of our citizenry.”

According to Lev Gonick, ASU’s chief information officer, the CIC is a north star for greater Phoenix and Maricopa County.

“But it also has a broader context,” Gonick said. “Because we very much know that the question of how to use technology to advance the quality of life and resilience of the community is not ours alone. It’s a global challenge.

“This is the New American University. The CIC enables us to bring everything that we have as part of our mission and around our research, combining student engagement and community visions, powered by AWS and its resident staff, to advance the vision of a connected place.”

Terry Grant

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