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Bill Gates wants to build his own ‘smart city’ in Arizona


Developing 25,000 acres of land into a ‘smart city’ that will be called “Belmont.” The name stems from Belmont Partners, an Arizona-based real estate investment group. The vision? Transforming a raw, blank slate into a futuristic city filled with ...


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Success! — Manage subscriptions Sign up for our Newsletters Play the Gridiron Challenge ! 39° Share Bill Gates wants to build his own ‘smart city’ in Arizona By Monique OMadan / Miami Herald (TNS) Thursday, November 16th, 2017 at 8:49am ...................................................................................................................................................................Bill Gates speaks during the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation’s Goalkeepers 2017 at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Sept20, 2017 in New York(PBG/EMPICS Entertainment/Abaca Press/TNS)The richest man in the United States wants to build his own city.Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates put down $80 million for a massive swath of land in Arizona, about 45 minutes west of downtown Phoenix, KPNX reports.His goal? Developing 25,000 acres of land into a ‘smart city’ that will be called “Belmont.” The name stems from Belmont Partners, an Arizona-based real estate investment group.AdvertisementContinue readingThe vision? Transforming a raw, blank slate into a futuristic city filled with driverless cars, endless data centers and buildings totally designed around technology and high-speed internet.According to Belmont Partners, the city will have space for about 80,000 residential unitsIn addition, about 3,800 acres will go toward commercial, retail and office space and roughly 470 acres will be used for schools.“The experimentation that takes place in this new community has the potential to demonstrate the viability of new smart city concepts and serve as an example for cities nationwide and globally,” Brooks Rainwater, director of the City Solutions and Applied Research Center at the National League of Cities, told Business Insider.The city would have a population of about 182,000, fairly comparable to that of nearby Tempe, Arizona.“Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs,” Belmont Partners said in a news release.So far, it’s unclear when construction will start and whether Microsoft will open up an office in the new town.——©2017 Miami HeraldVisit Miami Herald at www.miamiherald.comDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. try{_402_Show();}catch(e){} Share Tweet LinkedIn Email Print Subscribe Most Recent Biz News Real Estate Suggested Stories: Trash collection bills to increase July 1 – May 29, 2014 City to negotiate with developer for Downtown parcel – Aug 20, 2015 New York man creates 'sovereign nation' in Utah – Oct 26, 2015 City considering how to spend open-space funds – Apr 7, 2016 Advertisement Load comments Comments Subscribe to the Journal for only $10. QUICK LINKS Home Search Weather Archives Puzzles Comics Newsletters CONTACT THE JOURNAL Staff directory Submit a news tip 505-823-3800 Send a letter to the editor Submit an obituary Advertise in the Journal SUBSCRIBER SERVICES Account services Subscribe to the Journal Recover password Register account 505-823-4400 Place a classified ad Privacy policy Contest Terms RELATED SITES & PARTNERS Journal Rewards News in Education Mountain View Telegraph Rio Rancho Observer Valencia News-Bulletin El Defensor Chieftain Kirtland AFB Nucleus

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