Inside Look: 3 Emerging Themes as Cities Respond to COVID-19

Tue, 2020-05-26 04:58 -- Philip Bane
05/26/2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is continuing to fundamentally shape the way that the public sector operates and does business. As cities and other public agencies are responding to the ongoing pandemic, GovWin’s team of state and local market analysts have identified several themes that are emerging for vendors. Here are three areas that cities, counties and other government agencies are focusing on in response to the pandemic.

Philadelphia's smart city journey has helped COVID-19 responsiveness

Mon, 2020-05-11 08:25 -- SCC Staff
05/11/2020

Philadelphia is leading the way when it comes to smart city technology adoption. As a winner of the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge in 2017, Philadelphia has used the ‘smart city journey’ to pro-actively solve city-wide issues with agility and innovation. The smart city journey has helped COVID-19 responsiveness.

Relevancy and empathy during the COVID-19 crisis - a letter from the Smart Cities Council

Tue, 2020-04-21 09:03 -- Philip Bane
04/21/2020

We have delayed publishing this letter as we have been busy working with cities and our partners during this global crisis. Our teams in ASEAN, Australia, India and North America have been working with cities and other liked minded organizations to do what they can to relieve suffering.
Our actions are guided by empathy, relevance and agility.

WeGO Chooses Smart Cities Activator

Sun, 2019-08-11 09:25 -- Philip Bane
08/11/2019

World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO) and Smart Cities Council (Council) have partnered to improve their mutual engagement with cities globally. The partnership, while using Smart Cities Activator as the foundation, is also based on working together to advance smart city projects by sharing with cities best practices for project development, feasibility, and project financing.

Virginia Chooses Smart Cities Activator

Thu, 2019-07-18 11:26 -- Philip Bane
07/18/2019

The Chief Data Officer, (CDO), for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Carlos Rivero announced a state-wide survey of cities and counties in Virginia to support development of a statewide data governance policy. Recognizing the critical role of data governance for smart communities, the CDO has partnered with the Center for Innovative Technology and is using Smart Cities Activator, an online collaborative platform provided by the Smart Cities Council.

Inside Look: How cities are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

Tue, 2020-05-05 05:58 -- Philip Bane
05/05/2020

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have a profound influence on public life, it has likewise made a major impact on how companies do business with the government. Analysis and research on the government’s continuing response are available for free to all in a new Coronavirus Government Response Resource Center.

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2021 looks good for smart cities in the US
2021 looks good for smart cities in the US

IDC recently identified the US as one of the top smart city markets for 2020. This forecast is reinforced by the policy proposals of 2020 US Presidential candidates. In fact, we found a strong focus on not only infrastructure; but also 'smart infrastructure. With proposals for broadband deployment, $1B smart city grants, green infrastructure and with three x-mayors in the race, it looks like smart cities and smart infrastructure is on everyone's agenda with strong potential for action in 2021.

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