CITA has adopted local and statewide initiatives to support education and economic development in Tucson and Arizona by:

  • Promoting and supporting the adoption of the latest and greatest information technologies in business, government and education.

  • Supporting the development of Tucson and Arizona's Links To The Electronic Future.

To this end, CITA has been establishing partnerships with and developing strategies to support the information and communications needs of state and local governmental, educational, economic and community development groups and organizations such as:

The Governor's Strategic Partnership for
Economic Development (GSPED)

The Governor's Strategic Partnership for Economic Development (GSPED) is a public and private sector organization implementing Arizonas premier, internationally acclaimed, strategic economic development strategy. This strategy was formed as a result of a statewide planning process that involved thousands of volunteers from the private and public sectors.

Ten Industry Clusters such as Optics, Software, High Tech and Environmental Technology are the cornerstone of the GSPED strategy. Clusters help stimulate development of strategic alliances among industry members and with suppliers of materials, components or business services. Clusters also attract new companies, stimulate and support start-ups, create an amassing of experienced workers, and attract suppliers.

"Foundation Groups" such as Human Resources and the Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council (ATIC), support the Clusters with resources and the development of infrastructure. ATIC represents the interests of the business and economic development community in the development of a statewide information and telecommunications infrastructure.


GTSPED is the Tucson version of GSPED. GTSPED, coordinated by the Greater Tucson Economic Council (GTEC), coordinates Tucson's economic development efforts and formulates strategies to support the development of industry clusters of strategic value to Tucson. GTSPED includes key economic development organizations such as: the Chamber of Commerce and GTEC; representatives from industry clusters such as optics, software, aerospace and environmental technology; educational institutions; local governments and congressional offices.

The CITA Executive Director participates in GTSPED to represent information and telecommunications interests. The Alliance addresses information and telecommunications issues such as drafting the information and telecommunications component of the GTSPED legislative agenda, providing reports to GTSPED members about local and state telecommunications issues and identifying the information and communications needs of the clusters.

Tucson Unified School District - Fourth R Board Of Directors

Tucson Unified School District is implementing a strategy to create sweeping school reform and to foster community involvement. This process, known as the Fourth R, is based upon partnerships with businesses and other community resources. TUSD has established a Fourth R Board Of Directors that includes community leaders such as the Mayor, the President of the Greater Tucson Economic Council, the President of the Chamber of Commerce and the Chairs of the high tech industry clusters.  

The CITA Director is a representative of the information technology and telecommunications industry. One of the top five recommendations resulting from Fourth R planning process is to "create an infrastructure of hardware, software, networks and people to provide the tools of technology to all curriculum and instructional programs, expanding them into the home, school and community. CITA is helping to identify volunteers, develop community resources and formulate plans and strategies to support the adoption of information technology in Arizona's second largest school district (59,000 students).


CITA was instrumental in the development of and provides leadership and support to the Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council (ATIC). ATIC is a Foundation Group of the Governors Strategic Partnership For Economic Development.

ATIC recognizes that information and telecommunications services, including an advanced voice, video and data telecommunications infrastructure, are quickly becoming essential services for Arizona's economic development and quality of life.

The ATIC mission is to promote and support the adoption of effective public policies for the State of Arizona and local communities that encourage investment and deployment of information technologies and telecommunication services to enable continued

  • educational advancement,

  • enhanced quality of life and

  • economic prosperity for the Arizona community.

The ATIC mission will be carried out by activities such as: Legislative and regulatory intervention to help remove regulatory barriers; Advocacy for innovative projects in business, government, education and libraries; Forums addressing issues from regulation to new technologies; Development of private-public partnerships; Coordinating statewide activities; and Advising the TPO on formulation of public policy.

The ATICs partners include representation from large and small businesses, economic development organizations, libraries, consumer organizations, local and state government agencies, K-16 educational institutions, health care, the Arizona Corporation Commission, the Arizona legislature, the GSPED clusters and information technology and telecommunications companies.

The Alliance Executive Director and 3 Alliance affiliates represent Tucson's interests as designated ATIC members. The Alliance Executive Director, a founding member of ATIC, serves on the ATIC Board of Directors and is a focal point for coordination between Phoenix and Tucson.

Gazel Arizona E-Learning Association

Gazel Arizona is an arm of the Gazel Globalized E-Learning Association, a recognized Industry cluster under the Governor's Strategic partnership For Economic Development. Gazel AZ will promote the development of the e-learning industry and the adoption of e-learning in business, education and community development.

The Alliance Executive Director, a founding member of ALTP, represents Tucson's interests, serves on the Gazel AZ  Board of Directors and is a focal point for coordination between Phoenix and Tucson.