Peoria and Project Cities lay groundwork for promising academic year

picture of peoria on mapCampus tends to slow down over the summer, but not at the Sustainable Cities Network. We’re hard at work preparing for the upcoming school year with our newest Project Cities partners: Peoria and Clarkdale. We had the opportunity to deliver remarks about the partnership at last week’s city council meeting. We are happy to share that Peoria City Council officially passed an important procedural milestone: the city approved adoption of the inter-governmental agreement that formalizes their partnership with ASU Project Cities. The City of Peoria City Council passed this procedural vote at its June 18th council meeting. Jay Davies, the City of Peoria’s Chief of Staff, shared that this is a "new and promising partnership between the City of Peoria and Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.” This vote validated further plans to bring "at least 150 students to the City of Peoria this year, to research and propose solutions to wide-ranging multidisciplinary challenges — from water conservation and placemaking to smart cities and employee training models,” according to Project Cities’ Program Manager Steve Russell. With the passage of this important procedural milestone, we look forward to hammering out the final details for our partnership with the city for the 2019-2020 school year. Project Cities is a member of the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network and is administered by ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the Sustainable Cities Network.