Catalyzing a Robust Local Marketplace
The Volcker Alliance announced the expansion of its signature Government-to-University Initiative (G2U) with the launch of two new G2U Regional Councils in Los Angeles, California, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In Pittsburgh, the effort will be led by Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy and the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute because of their work taking a forward-looking, creative approach to bringing people, technology, and policy together to improve quality of life for those in metropolitan areas.
G2U is an innovative approach to addressing critical governance challenges by building structured regional networks of governments and universities. The initiative aims to catalyze a robust local marketplace that can sustainably connect governments' hiring and research needs with local university capacity.
In response to the news about being selected for the G2U Regional Council, Ramayya Krishnan, dean of Heinz College, said “we have a long history of helping governments become more evidence-based and analytical in their decision making, and collaborating with an esteemed partner, like the Volcker Alliance, unlocks new possibilities for creating mutually beneficial relationships between universities and governments. The relationship between Metro21 and the Pittsburgh region is a model of how universities and cities can work together to test bold new ideas. We’re excited to broaden the impact of Metro21 through the Pittsburgh G2U Regional Council.”
Each new G2U Regional Council will connect local, state, and federal government leaders in a region with key faculty and administrators from surrounding colleges and universities. Metro21 has been collaborating with local municipalities for many years working to identify innovative ways to integrate technology into cities to improve the everyday lives of its citizens.
Metro21 is excited to see the potential this alliance will bring!
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