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.
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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.
The new interactive Smart Cities Council Readiness Guide makes it easier for cities to explore economic, environmental and social sustainability options by providing expert advice and real-world examples of smart cities transformations.
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.
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) partnered with the Smart Cities Council to conduct a first-ever national research study to gain further insight into the practices, policies, programs and partnerships that communities in the United States undertake under the umbrella of smart city initiatives. Read the story for details.