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.
A group of U.S. House members is collaborating on legislation to help cities make their smart city transformations work. The bill they're drafting focuses on the areas where cities usually need the most help: securing financing and the guidance and expertise they need to ensure successful projects.
A presidential advisory panel recommends that the federal government should get more involved with smart city developments. Smart Cities Council Founder and Chairman Jesse Berst says cities should work on small projects if they can’t adopt large-scale programs and should focus on their most urgent priorities. Click for more.
Smart Cities Council Founder and Chairman Jesse Berst weighs in on the definition of a smart city in this article focused on Kansas City’s smart transportation and street lighting transformations.
Council Associate Partner Black & Veatch will contribute its engineering and construction expertise to Envision America, a nationwide program devoted to helping cities speed up and successfully deploy their smart cities programs. Read the story to learn more about the company's role in the initiative.
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. Click for an excerpt and link to the full article.
From Lansing, Michigan to Oregon's highways and byways, public officials with limited resources are looking to the Internet of Things and advanced communications networks to make their communities more efficient. In a guest post, Walter White, VP of Government Relations at Verizon, explains how this connectivity makes cities smarter.
Between a big funding and research announcement from the White House to initiatives at several federal agencies, cities don’t have to undertake their smart cities visions alone. Found out how partnership is one key to making it happen.