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I’m delighted to report that I recently signed a memorandum of understanding on behalf of Newcastle with the global network of leading smart cities GSC3.

Its members, including Amsterdam, Chicago and Austin, are key to developing our own smart city approach.

The purpose of GSC3 is to accelerate smart city thinking and practice by providing platforms for sharing knowledge, experience and solutions, and increasing the uptake of innovation. These cities face smart city implementation challenges similar to Newcastle’s and have addressed them through models we hope to emulate.

GSC3 also has links to important global smart city partners, including financial institutions, research centres and universities, advisory services and thought leaders such as the Brookings Institution, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, European Network of Living Labs, Metro Labs and others.

Establishing an international profile is key to our smart strategy and the MOU and recent articles in National Geographic Traveler magazine are part of that strategy.

The global partnership follows local collaboration with education, research, business, government and community organisations on the Hunter Innovation Project.

Smart technology and Wi-Fi will be rolled out in the CBD this year and work will begin on a hub for researchers, industry and entrepreneurs to promote economic opposite City Hall.

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