Council Press Releases

Innovative Solution Helps Cities Advance from Vision to Beneficial, Funded Projects

06/28/2018

At the Enterprise Ireland IoT & Smart Cities Forum this week the Smart Cities Council and Tr3Dent announced their agreement to launch Smart Cities Project Activator, a powerful combination of the Smart Cities Council’s widely adopted and successful Readiness Program (RP) and a customized version of Tr3Dent’s Transformation Accelerator Platform.

Fairfax County Begins Plan to Become a Smart Community Beacon for the U.S.

03/27/2018

Fairfax County, Virginia – a smart cities leader and a 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge finalist, recently partnered with the Smart Cities Council to host a Readiness Workshop to tackle key challenges using smart technology and processes. The workshop focused on identifying steps the county can take to improve mobility, optimize its street infrastructure and reduce obesity.

Smart Cities Council Announces Finalists for 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants

01/29/2018

Smart Cities Council, the sector’s largest coalition, today announced the finalists for its 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants, of which five will be selected in early March to receive mentoring as well as tailored products and services to accelerate their smart city initiatives. Additionally, Puerto Rico will be awarded a special Readiness Challenge Grant to help accelerate its hurricane recovery efforts.

Meet our 2018 Readiness Challenge Grant finalists (and one humanitarian grant winner)

01/28/2018

Here are the 10 finalists for this year’s Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants. Learn about their ambitious visions and the steps they’re already taking to achieve them. Also, hear about our special award to help Puerto Rico recover faster from last year’s devastating hurricane.

Smart Cities Council Enhances 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants through New Partnerships and Expanded Benefits for Five Winning Communities

10/27/2017

The Smart Cities Council, the world's largest smart cities network, will award additional benefits through its 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants to five North American communities looking to accelerate their smart city initiatives.

North American Government Leaders Meet at Smart Cities Week to Explore How Winning a Readiness Challenge Grant Can Make their Communities Smarter

10/03/2017

The Smart Cities Council ‒ the world's largest smart cities network ‒ hosted government representatives today during a half-day coaching workshop at the organization’s annual conference Smart Cities Week.

The Edison Electric Institute and the Smart Cities Council Partner to Advance Smart Cities Initiatives

09/29/2017

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Smart Cities Council today announced a multi-pronged partnership to encourage smarter, more resilient, sustainable cities. EEI will join the Council as a Global Lead Partner.

Smart Infrastructure as Key Focus at Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C. Oct. 3-5

09/27/2017

Smart infrastructure is the theme for Smart Cities Week 2017, which returns to the nation's capital for the third straight year Oct. 3-5. North America's premier smart cities conference and exhibition will bring together visionary leaders and thinkers from all levels of government to see, hear and be inspired by real-world examples of smart infrastructure solving tough urban challenges.

Smart Cities Week returns to Washington, D.C. Oct. 3-5 with focus on smart infrastructure

08/09/2017

Smart infrastructure is the theme for Smart Cities Week 2017, which returns to the nation's capital for the third straight year Oct. 3-5. North America's premiere smart cities conference and exhibition will bring together visionary leaders and thinkers from all levels of government to see, hear and be inspired by real-world examples of smart infrastructure solving tough urban challenges.

Smart Cities Council and 2017 Challenge Grant winner Indianapolis gather community partners to plot next steps in Indy’s smart city journey

07/20/2017

Mayor Joe Hogsett calls it a day of “big ideas and big thoughts” that will ensure Indianapolis continues to progress with passion and innovation throughout the 21st Century.

Expanded Smart Cities Readiness Guide reveals how cities can deliver "happiness for less"

07/11/2017

The Smart Cities Council, the world's largest smart cities network, just announced an important expansion of its landmark Smart Cities Readiness Guide. New material on Digital City Services – services delivered by browser or smartphone ‒ explains why and how cities are “going digital” to gain competitive advantage.

Telensa Joins Smart Cities Council to Drive Connected Street Lighting and Smart City Applications

05/08/2017

Telensa, the global leader in connected street lighting and Smart City applications, today announced that it has joined the Smart Cities Council, the world’s premier consortium of smart city practitioners and experts.

Smart Cities Council Announces Winners of Smart Cities Readiness Challenge Grants

02/08/2017

Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, announced today that Austin, Indianapolis, Miami, Orlando and Philadelphia are the five winners of the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant program. Over 130 cities were involved in the application process. The winning cities will receive a tailored Readiness Workshop during 2017 to develop a roadmap for applying smart technologies to further innovation, inclusion and investment within their cities.

Smart Cities Council Announces Finalist Cities for Readiness Challenge Grants

01/31/2017

Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, announced today ten finalists for the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant program. Five of these cities – which will be announced on February 8 – will receive tailored Readiness Workshops to develop a roadmap for applying smart technologies to further innovation, inclusion and investment within their cities.

Smart Cities Council and Joint Venture Silicon Valley Join Forces to Advance Smart Communities on the West Coast

01/30/2017

The Smart Cities Council and Joint Venture Silicon Valley announced today that the two organizations will partner on the upcoming State of the Valley conference February 17 in San Jose, CA and Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley May 8-10 in Santa Clara, CA.

Smart Cities Week Comes to Silicon Valley May 8-10

01/25/2017

Smart Cities Council today announced that it will host a West Coast version of its popular Smart Cities Week conference in Santa Clara on May 8-10, 2017. The new annual conference, which will focus on next-generation technologies, builds on the success of Smart Cities Week Washington, D.C. which brings over 1,400 federal, state and city leaders together with the sector’s leading smart city practitioners every fall.

Illinois on Track to Become First Smart State in the U.S.

12/19/2016

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.

Smart Cities Council Launches Challenge Grants to Help American Communities

11/02/2016

Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, launched its application for cities to apply for theSmart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant. Five American cities will receive a grant in 2017 to inspire innovation, inclusion and investment in their city.

Smart Cities Council Awards Innovative Start-Ups for Commitment to Connectivity and Climate during Smart Cities Week

10/19/2016

Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, honored three start-up companies for their commitment to providing municipalities with effective solutions to manage urban growth during Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C. last month. Placemeter won the Innovation Alley Connectivity Award, while StratIS and OperaSoft were both awarded the Environmental Impact Award.

New Smart Cities Council Policy Brief Details How Smart Infrastructure Can Unlock Equity and Prosperity in Cities and Towns Across the U.S.

09/28/2016

As the U.S. election season heats up and further attention is focused on key national priorities, the Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, released a policy brief detailing how smart infrastructure investments in cities and towns across America will create jobs and promote greater prosperity for all. The brief will be a point of focus today during a policy event at Smart Cities Week – North America’s premier smart cities conference, convening over 1,500 participants from all levels of government and the private sector in Washington, D.C.

Smart Cities Council Joins the White House Commitment to Further Advance Smart Cities in the U.S.

09/26/2016

Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, will award five challenge grants to help five American cities apply smart technologies to improve urban livability, workability and sustainability. The grant is in support of the White House’s call to action to accelerate the development of smart cities, which was just announced today.This is the second year that the White House issued a major announcement to kick off Smart Cities Week – North America’s premier smart cities conference, convening over 1,500 participants from all levels of government and the private sector on September 28-29 in Washington, D.C.

New Online Version of Global Smart Cities Readiness Guide Helps Cities Map Their Future More Easily

03/09/2016

The Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, announced that its landmark Smart Cities Readiness Guide is now available in a web-based format. The Readiness Guide is the world’s leading framework for government leaders to enhance the livability, workability and sustainability of their cities.

Smart Cities Council Launches Enhanced Version of its Landmark Readiness Guide during Smart Cities Week

09/16/2015

The Smart Cities Council launched the latest version of the Smart Cities Readiness Guide® today at its inaugural Smart Cities Week event – North America’s first major smart cities conference and expo. The Guide is the world’s leading framework for government leaders to enhance the livability, workability and sustainability of their cities. To date, the Guide has been downloaded by thousands of city leaders and other stakeholders from around the world.

Smart Cities Council and Alstom hosted session at Innovative City to accelerate the adoption of Smart Grid and Smart City Initiatives worldwide

06/29/2015

The Smart Cities Council and Alstom co-hosted an event at the Innovative City conference held in Nice, France on June 24-25 to promote next generation initiatives for smart grid and smart city developments internationally.

First Smart Cities Week Conference and Expo in North America to be held in Washington, D.C.

03/18/2015

North America will gain its first major smart cities conference and exhibition this fall thanks to the Smart Cities Council, the sector's largest coalition. Smart Cites Week will demonstrate the exponential growth of smart city developments worldwide.

Cisco Collaborates with Smart Cities Council to Assess Leaders on Smart City Progress in North America

10/16/2014

Cisco and the Smart Cities Council polled city leaders in North America on ways to help cities accelerate their smart city initiatives. Released at the Internet of Things World Forum, the survey provides insights from municipal executives on the drivers, challenges and steps being taken to make cities smarter.

Council Launches First-of-its-Kind Apps Gallery for Smart Cities

03/26/2014

The Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition to advance smart city development and innovation, announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind Smart Cities Apps Gallery showcasing smartphone apps created by, and for, cities around the world. This gallery adds to its growing list of hands-on resources for the world’s city leaders and planners.

CH2M HILL, DNV GL and Sungard Public Sector Join the Fast Growing Smart Cities Council

02/19/2014

The Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition to advance smart city development and innovation, continues to gain momentum and expand its global reach with the addition of three more leading companies -- CH2M HILL, DNV GL (formerly DNV KEMA) and SunGard Public Sector.

Smart Cities Readiness Guide advances smart city development with first-of-its-kind tool for city leaders around the world

11/18/2013

The Smart Cities Council released version 1.0 of the Smart Cities Council Readiness Guide, the first comprehensive, vendor-neutral smart city handbook for city leaders and planners.

Smart Cities Readiness Guide to debut in Barcelona

11/13/2013

If you're attending the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona next week, join Council members as we launch the first comprehensive, vendor-neutral smart city planning tool for city leaders around the world. It is being unveiled at a smart cities workshop in conjunction with the renowned ESADE Business School’s Institute of Public Governance and Management. The event takes place Nov. 18, the day before the Congress begins.

Smart Cities Council launched to accelerate global shift to smart, sustainable cities

05/29/2013

Cities around the world have a new ally in the fight to achieve prosperity and sustainability. More than a dozen top technology firms — including some of the world's largest — have formed the Smart Cities Council to provide cities with tools and best practices. Click to read the press release.