Earth Day Needs a Roadmap And Orange County has One

Wed, 2021-04-21 11:23 -- Philip Bane
04/21/2021

It is EarthDay 2021. Take a moment to appreciate our earth, what we have been given. And filled with gratitude, we begin our work.

Learning from others is a smart way to work. Consider joining Orange County, Florida on its journey to a more sustainable, resilient city. Communities considering how to use available America Rescue Act funds or possible future infrastructure funding -- can learn from Orange County Florida, which started its planning in early 2020. In fact, more than just learning, communities can participate with Orange County in its Smart & Healthy Building Readiness Cohort, which kicked off with Mayor Deming’s keynote on April 15.

Smart Cities Council Announces 2021 Readiness Challenge Winners

Wed, 2021-02-10 08:01 -- Connie Heath
02/10/2021

The Smart Cities Council announced its first set of Readiness Challenge Winners for 2021 – specifically Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Nashville, Tennessee, USA and Orange County, Florida USA.

These cities submitted projects in 2020 that the Council judged would make a difference regionally and be replicable by other cities, globally. These cities have agreed to work with the Smart Cities Council to accelerate their own plans and help other cities globally.

Brisbane’s strategy to build a data-dividend for the community– making it a 2021 Readiness Challenge Winner

Mon, 2021-02-08 13:01 -- Adam Beck
02/08/2021

The Smart Cities Council has announced that Brisbane, Queensland Australia is one of three (3) global Readiness Challenge Winners from its 2020 application process. The other two Readiness Challenge winners are Orange County, Florida, USA and the City of Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The overall goal of Brisbane's involvement in the Readiness Challenge is to accelerate a launch of targeted solutions to solidify its role as one Australia's leading data-inspired cities.

Nashville's Courage Makes It a 2021 Readiness Challenge Winner

Sun, 2021-02-07 09:09 -- Philip Bane
02/06/2021

Nashville's Courage Makes It a 2021 Readiness Challenge Winner
The Smart Cities Council has announced that Nashville, Tennessee, USA as one of three (3) Readiness Challenge Winners from 2020. The other two are Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and Orange County, Florida, USA.

Orange County, Florida's Commitment to Sustainability makes it a Readiness Challenge 2021 Winner!

Sun, 2021-02-07 07:00 -- Philip Bane
02/06/2021

The Smart Cities Council has announced that Orange County, Florida, USA as one of three (3) Readiness Challenge Winners - kick starting the Council's 2021 Readiness Program. The other two are Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Orange County will lead a Readiness Cohort about ‘Smart & Healthy’ Buildings through the second calendar quarter of 2021 – culminating in a Scoping Charrette (hopefully ‘in-person’) in Orange County with city leaders, participating cities and solution providers.

Biden Administration Has Plans for Smart Cities

Mon, 2021-01-04 10:43 -- Philip Bane
01/04/2021

For our US network, this is one in a series of primers from the Smart Cities Council about how your US located community can ‘bounce back’ from your current situation during the Biden Administration. In this article we recommend that -

• It is ‘smart,’ to read what happened with the Obama Administration to understand the Biden Administration.
• It is ‘smart,’ to think resiliency and vulnerable populations.
• It is ‘smart,’ to think regional planning

We conclude this primer with research that shows that this approach will deliver jobs to your community

NOTE: This article was written before the inauguration and will be updated with practical advice on how to get 'ready' for Biden Administration smart city and infrastructure grants and opportunities. Subscribe to get updates.

Build your own ecosystem for innovation and prosperity

Tue, 2020-09-15 14:21 -- Philip Bane
09/14/2020

Did you know that
*Less than one percent of companies ever receive venture capital funding with most failing
*94% of the companies on the Inc. 500 never raised venture funding.
*Only 10% of venture-backed companies had a female founder;
*Only 1% had an African American founder.
Discover how inclusive entrepreneurialism changes this -

Join Nashville's March to Mitigate Urban Flooding Impact on Vulnerable Populations

Tue, 2020-09-01 09:15 -- Philip Bane
08/31/2020

Join Nashville, TN in mitigating the effect of urban flooding on vulnerable populations. Working with the Smart Cities Council, Nashville will review all the latest science and determine how data can be used to make its vulnerable communities resilient.

Cities helping cities - No barriers to becoming a smart city

Thu, 2020-08-20 06:57 -- Philip Bane
08/19/2020

Qualify to become a Readiness Cohort Leader through the Readiness Challenge process and your leadership will be recognized on a global stage with assistance and benefits with a value of over $250,000 - all directed at solving a problem you share with other cities. You will also be showcased monthly through the Council's global digital platform, including editorial, case study development and a video interview series to share with others. Help your city, other cities and accelerate your project planning.

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Biden Administration Has Plans for Smart Cities

For our US network, this is one in a series of primers from the Smart Cities Council about how your US located community can ‘bounce back’ from your current situation during the Biden Administration. In this article we recommend that -

• It is ‘smart,’ to read what happened with the Obama Administration to understand the Biden Administration.
• It is ‘smart,’ to think resiliency and vulnerable populations.
• It is ‘smart,’ to think regional planning

We conclude this primer with research that shows that this approach will deliver jobs to your community

NOTE: This article was written before the inauguration and will be updated with practical advice on how to get 'ready' for Biden Administration smart city and infrastructure grants and opportunities. Subscribe to get updates.

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