Cincinnati and Logan sign agreement

January 2, 2018 by  

Harry Black, Cincinnati’s city manager, recently signed an agreement with Logan, Australia, in the first time the Australian city has signed this type of agreement with any municipality in the United States.

The agreement is a non-binding pact that deals with economic development, since both Logan and Cincinnati are working on ways to become smart cities. Black says that the two will be able to learn from each other, and the expertise they develop working together will allow them to develop better technology to serve their residents.

The mayor of Logan, Luke Smith, said his city seeks to stimulate its economic growth by using innovation, much as Cincinnati is doing. Smith believes that since both cities have common goals, working together makes sense. In addition, Smith is not a stranger to Cincinnati, as he is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University.

The agreement is due to recommendations from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) leaders, and suggests that the two cities continue looking for ways to support organizations that share the same goals. The areas where it seems the two cities can cooperate best include research and development; technology and innovation; attracting investment and economic development; government exchanges; and positioning both cities to compete in a global marketplace.

Measures such as this are both interesting and important. Officials might keep residents updated by working with a newsletter printing company to send letters for them.