Empire State Development today announced the launch of the Smart Cities Innovation Partnership program in collaboration with the Israel Innovation Authority. The program, first announced during the Governor’s July 2019 solidarity and trade mission to Israel, will designate up to five Smart Cities to connect with technology companies and academic experts throughout the state, using emerging technologies to improve government services and resident quality of life. The program will officially launch this month with educational outreach and formal solicitations of interest from New York localities. Once cities are selected, interested companies will be able to submit technological concepts and solutions to help them tackle their specific challenges, with a strong focus on startups in New York State and Israel. This partnership furthers the Governor’s commitment to helping the state’s cities and towns leverage technology for the public good and drive mutually beneficial trade partnerships between the New York and Israeli technology industries.