Member spotlight 10.30.13: Opower, Cisco, IBM, Center for Technology in Government, Smart Growth America

Wed, 2013-10-30 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

News from Smart Cities Council members...

Opower signs major deal in Japan. Opower is a Council Associate Partner and the global leader in customer engagement solutions for the utility industry. It has just signed a business partnership with Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). TEPCO, the largest utility in Japan, supplies power to nearly 20 million residential customers. It will use Opower techniques and technologies to improve sign up and response rates to energy efficiency and demand response programs. Opower also announced that it has opened an office in Tokyo…

Cisco expands in Europe with important new partner. Cisco is a Council Lead Partner and a global networking giant. It recently entered a strategic engagement with Portugal Telecom to build out Cisco Smart+Connected solutions in several countries throughout Europe, Africa and South America over the next three years...

IBM receives prestigious award for philanthropy. Council Lead Partner IBM was awarded the Chairman's Award by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy. IBM was honored for its Smarter Cities Challenge program.  IBM Chairman Ginni Rometty accepted the award.  Note to cities: If you're interested in applying for one of IBM's 2014 challenge grants, the deadline is Nov. 8…

Center for Technology in Government is helping libraries help cities. Council Advisor CTG is bringing together thought leaders from academia, government and private and nonprofit organizations to explore the ways public libraries can help governments achieve their open government agendas. The project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through a 2013 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant…

Smart Growth America helps Cincinnati with transportation planning. Council Advisor SGA, through its Leadership Institute, provided technical assistance to the city of Cincinnati, Ohio on its smart growth agenda, informing residents and community leaders about the benefits of transit-oriented development.