Birmingham may be a mid-size city, but it’s working beyond its size by forging powerful regional partnerships. The city has found that it can multiply its own efforts by working with universities, neighboring cities, transit authorities, Alabama Power, and many others.
Birmingham will uses the Readiness Roadmap prepared by the Council to provide a collaborative framework for the many projects it has underway, including an Open Data portal, smart street lighting, community Wi-Fi, bus rapid transit, and a violence reduction initiative that uses data to spot problems early.
"This grant from Smart Cities Council will accelerate our Smart City Partnership, which is focused on using technology and data to improve public safety and overall quality of life in Birmingham," said Mayor Randall Woodfin. "Effective and efficient smart city initiatives are a conduit for amplifying growth and achieving equity. Birmingham is committed to having sustainable and inclusive growth, and the Smart Cities designation will enable us to put that flag in the ground."