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This is further confirmation that Arizona is the best place for Israeli businesses—and those from other countries—to bring new technologies and new business models to market. In addition to its thriving innovation ecosystem, Arizona’s top talent and business-friendly, streamlined regulatory environment make it the ideal location to advance technology.
Arizona’s pro-innovation environment enacts trailblazing, technology-driven policies, enabling the state to be at the leading edge of innovation in many areas.
In 2015, Arizona was the first state in the nation to have an executive order formalizing support for testing and operation of self-driving vehicles. Arizona’s close relationships with the industry, warm and sunny climate, and modern infrastructure enables the state’s leadership in testing and developing automated vehicles. In 2018, the governor signed an executive order creating the Institute of Automated Mobility (IAM), a consortium of global industry leaders, the brightest minds in academia, and government leaders committed to advancing automated vehicle safety, science and policy.
In 2018, Arizona was the first in the nation to provide a proving ground for companies within the financial technology sector. The FinTech Sandbox offers visionary thinkers a platform to test unique, tech-based services and products without onerous regulations.
Arizona established the first in the nation PropTech Sandbox in 2019. The Sandbox removes barriers to business entry, providing companies with a controlled testing environment without excessive regulatory burdens and costs.
Arizona is the premier place in the world to responsibly test, deploy and advance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology and policy. The AZSkyTech program was established in 2018 by the Arizona Commerce Authority to develop safety, security and privacy protocols for UAS.
In 2017, the governor signed legislation making Arizona the first state in the nation to streamline the deployment of technology enabling next-gen 5G wireless communication, which is needed to support and scale our state’s vital digital networks and attract new and exciting tech companies. Following this deployment, Verizon and Sprint chose Phoenix as one of the first U.S. markets to receive their respective 5G Ultra Wideband and True Mobile 5G, respectively. The networks promise faster mobile speeds and pave the way for technology advances in automated vehicles and telemedicine.
Expertise from cutting-edge companies, access to top talent and support from academic and public sectors have positioned Arizona as a national cybersecurity leader. As the fourth most concentrated business & financial services industry, Arizona’s cybersecurity companies are of high value to the state.
Arizona embraces new, innovative business models, namely the sharing economy. The governor enacted first-of-its-kind legislation enabling all Arizonans to participate in the 21st-century economy by streamlining the process for home sharing platforms to collect taxes and remit them to the Arizona Department of Revenue.
By reducing limitations to business success, Arizona supports enterprise and job growth. The state’s strong support of the sharing economy was reinforced when in 2015, the governor signed legislation embracing ridesharing services and operations in Arizona. Rather than oppose this 21st-century solution to getting people where they need to go, the state welcomed it and removed barriers to its open operations.
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Arizona’s trio of state universities, plus its community colleges and private institutions, drive innovation in the state, preparing students for promising careers in top industries.
Arizona State University (ASU), the most innovative university in the U.S., and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), the leading research university in Israel, partnered on a study-abroad experience and a research program for students. The research agreement combines ASU’s innovative nature and BCU’s extensive research capabilities to enable collaboration across shared strengths in cybersecurity, nanotechnology, robotics, medicine and sustainability.
The University of Arizona’s primer innovator community, Tech Parks Arizona, facilitates business commercialization. Tech Parks Arizona has a collaborative partnership with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev on joint research projects that explore arid land agriculture and water.
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