What will be the nation’s largest and most connected smart region in Greater Phoenix is the result of the unified effort of the Partnership for Economic Innovation (PEI), GPEC, Maricopa Association of Governments, Arizona State University and the Institute for Digital Progress.
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Mesa and Arizona State University leaders broke ground Friday on a long-awaited ASU building in downtown Mesa.
The $73.5 million "digital innovation hub" will house primarily film, arts and technology programs at the northwest corner of Pepper Street and Centennial Way. Next to it will be a large public plaza. Both are expected to open in spring 2022.
Mesa City Councilwoman Jen Duff, who represents the downtown area, called the groundbreaking "a dream come true."
Arizona’s technology ecosystem is no longer a secret to the rest of the world. It’s front and center on a global stage, and companies and talent are inquiring more and more about opportunities for growth here. The efforts of our state’s economic development groups and technology leaders such as the Arizona Technology Council, our members and the Arizona Commerce Authority have worked hard in the public policy arena to ensure our state stays open for business. In the past year, we have improved education funding, sparked investment and offered more incentives to growing startup companies. Legislation approved to support the technology business community continues to help us build momentum.