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Welcoming Two New Local Governments to the Network of Innovators

The Alliance for Innovation would like to extend a welcome our new members and corporate partners.  By connecting these thought leaders, our strong network enables the Alliance to be the premier resource for emerging practices and help build cultures of innovation.

New local government members:

City of Mesquite, TX

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Located just minutes east of Dallas, Mesquite combines the best of the old West with award-winning historic sites and the latest in shopping and the arts.[1]The city was founded on March 14, 1878, on land along the Texas & Pacific Railroad outside of Dallas. The railroad, which ran from Dallas to Shreveport, Louisiana, began stopping at the newly created town shortly thereafter, and the city began to grow around the railroad. The city was officially incorporated on December 3, 1887.[2]

City of Tucson, AZ

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Tucson is one of the oldest towns in the United States. Tucson was originally an Indian village called Stook-zone, meaning water at the foot of Black Mountain. Hugo O'Conor established the Tucson Presidio in 1775. August 20th, 1775 is considered Tucson's birthday. Spanish settlers arrived in the area in 1776. Tucson officially became part of the United States with the Gadsden Purchase of 1854.  Tucson boasts the best of both worlds...the progress and innovation of a metropolitan community and the friendly, caring atmosphere of a small town.  Tucson was referred to as a "mini-mecca for the arts” by The Wall Street Journal and in 2009 was ranked #20 of the Top 25 Arts Destinations (big-cities category) by American Style Magazine.[3]

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