In 2008, the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) and Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle (Trade Alliance) developed the first-ever International Regions Benchmarking Consortium. This Consortium is a network of sophisticated city-centered metropolitan regions that find it mutually beneficial to compare and learn from each other through economic and social data statistics and in-depth research into specific issues of common interest. Microsoft and Boeing each provided substantial funding to launch the Consortium.
The metropolitan regions that have accepted membership in the Consortium are:
In addition, several regions such as Singapore, Cape Town, and Glasgow have participated in an observer role.