Using Smart Technologies to Drive Regional Transformation


National Telecommunications and Information Administration

05/20/2020 - 14:00

Local leaders are deploying smart technologies to address regional challenges, create economic efficiencies, improve sustainability, and enhance residential quality of life. Learn more about smart region efforts in Arizona, Colorado and the Great Lakes area.  These initiatives focus on economic development, water quality, and the use of artificial intelligence to create stronger and more resilient communities. Speakers will also describe their work in the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Smart Regions Collaborative. The GCTC is a peer-to-peer learning and best practices development effort started in 2014 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In 2019, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) partnered with NIST for the Smart Regions Collaborative.


  • Dominic Papa, Vice President, Smart States Initiative, Arizona  Commerce Authority
  • Eric H. Drummond, CEO and Founder, Innovation Corridor; Co-Founder and Chair GCTC- Supercomputer Modeling and AI Cluster
  • Mark Fisher, President and CEO, Council of the Great Lakes Region

Moderator: Jean Rice, Senior Broadband Specialist