GreenBiz: White House gets serious about smart cities with $160 million pledge

GreenBiz senior writer Heather Clancy provides details on the smart cities initiative announced by the White House during the Council's Smart Cities Week® conference and exhibition in Washington, D.C. in September, 2015. Below is an excerpt from her article; click here to read the full story on the GreenBiz site.

"The Obama administration this week outlined a sweeping set of research programs and public programs that it will manage far more holistically. Its collective, cumulative investment for this so-called “Smart Cities Initiative”: $160 million.

The idea is to encourage more sharing of ideas and best practices, despite the local or regional priorities that drive a specific project. The time wasn’t all that accidental. It came during the“Smart Cities Week” held across town in the Capitol City by the Smart Cities Council. The council, which represents more than 120 partners and advisors, recently published more than 50 case studies that planners can use to benchmark their own readiness. "