A group associated with a Gates investment company has invested $80 million in a high-tech planned development outside Phoenix.
The community in Belmont will be designed around high-speed networks, autonomous vehicles, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and autonomous logistics hubs.
It's unclear how much former Microsoft CEO Gates, who owns Belmont's parent company Cascade Investment, will be involved in the effort.
Belmont Partners, the Arizona-based real investment group that's leading the project, said it will be similar in size to nearby Tempe, Arizona, which has a population of 182,000.
"Envisioning future infrastructure from scratch is far easier and more cost efficient than retrofitting an existing urban fabric," Grady Gammage, a spokesman for the venture said in the statement.
Belmont's developers are counting on the expected development of Interstate 11, which will serve the area, to boost development. But right now, the company is not rushing to move forward.
"This is a very long term, very patient investment," Gammage told CNN Tech.