Dallas Innovation Alliance Co-founders Launch InnoCity Partners

Trey Bowles and Jennifer Sanders have announced InnoCity Partners, a new boutique consulting firm providing counsel to public and private organizations to design, build, and execute smart city programs.

Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) co-founders Trey Bowles and Jennifer Sanders are launching InnoCity Partners, a consultancy based on designing, planning, and implementing smart city programs for clients in the public and private sectors, real estate, and campus environments.

InnoCity differs from DIA in its goals and scope, Bowles told Dallas Innovates. InnoCity is a commercial enterprise seeking clients, while DIA is a geographically-centered nonprofit public-private partnership. Bowles and Sanders are bringing their smart city experience from the DIA to InnoCity in areas including objective alignment, asset mapping, setting clear KPIs, and driving value through effective relationships and contractual structures.

The new consultancy is entering a growing market. Per Grand View Research, the global smart cities market will reach $2.67 trillion by 2025.

“We are excited to expand our vision in order to respond to requests we have received from organizations across the country to support them in their smart city initiatives,” said Bowles in a statement. “ICP allows us to transfer the market-leading experience and reputation we have built over the last several years into this new organization to best fulfill our clients’ needs.”

InnoCity’s cofounders launched DIA in 2015 as a public-private partnership to create a smart cities “living lab” and a case study for the City of Dallas with a pilot smart city initiative. DIA rolled out a six-block corridor in Dallas’ West End with 10 integrated projects assessing resource efficiency, neighborhood revitalization, public safety, public health, citizen engagement, and transportation results. The group has since created a coalition of three dozen formal partner organizations and has worked with more than 100 community organizations engaging thousands of residents.

Bowles’ background includes years as a serial entrepreneur in tech and media startups and launching the Dallas Entrepreneur Center in 2013. Sanders’ consulting experience includes strategic communications, change management, coalition building, and investor and stakeholder relations.

“In this rapidly changing world, finding new solutions to old problems requires utilizing new tools and innovative perspectives,” said Sanders in a statement. “The evolution of utilizing data and technology as a catalyst and enabler to improve quality of life, economic growth and ensure a secure future, has driven the rise of the concept of smart cities. We are thrilled to be able to share our experience in support of organizations seeking to achieve that vision.”

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