The State of Illinois’ Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) recently hosted the Smart State Roadmap Workshop, a two-day workshop to pursue becoming the first ‘Smart State’ in the nation. The workshop, delivered by the Smart Cities Council, had more than 50 participants, including the deputy governor, state agency heads, city officials, businesses, universities, national labs and non-profits.
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For municipalities planning smart city projects, there are several approaches they can take. But if they follow the expert recommendations explained in the story and include four key entry points in their plan strategy, the likelihood of a successful project outcome will be enhanced.
Consultant and urban planner Lisa Nisenson, a panel moderator during Smart Cities Week, offers a status report and look ahead based on what she heard during numerous discussions centering on laying the groundwork for smart cities, interoperability, smart streetlights and more.
While cities focus on technologies that will make their cities smarter, they may not be thinking enough about how to make them more resilient during a disaster. During a Smart Cities Week panel discussion, experts from the Department of Homeland Security, NIST and other organizations shared their thoughts on why cities need to think about resiliency, too.
In this blog contributed to The Hill, Council Chairman Jesse Berst and Senior Director of Public Advocacy for Council Advisor CompTIA David Logsdon explain the benefits and opportunities smart city initiatives can provide and the smart technologies, investments and services that make them possible.
The White House announced it would invest $80 million in a Smart Cities Initiative focused on improving transportation, public safety, climate and services for cities. The initiative will support research and public-private partnerships. Council Chairman Jesse Berst is quoted in the article.
Smart Cities Council Managing Director Philip Bane, Council Lead Partner Qualcomm's Senior Director of Government Affairs Steve Crout and others shared their views on the roles of smart technology and connectivity in making cities more livable and sustainable. They also addressed how technology can help create jobs and help cities maintain robust economies.
The Smart Cities Council commits to award five Smart Cities Council Challenge Grants to help five American cities apply smart technologies to improve urban livability, workability and sustainability. For each of the five winning cities, the Council will deliver a tailored one-day Readiness Program during the 2017 calendar year.
Smart Cities Council executives Philip Bane and Pratap Padode set the platform for collaboration between local government and technology providers with the launch of the Smart Cities Council India’s Readiness Guide to help urban planners understand the framework of a smart city and take steps to improve infrastructure.
Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst offered commentary in an article on an Onvia report discussing the rise in government, state, local and education contracting opportunities in the fourth quarter of 2015. The report hinted that 2016 could be a modest growth year.