Council Press Releases

Smart Cities Council appoints new global director to expand Readiness Program


Jennifer James, a professional with many years of experience in smart sustainable city development, has joined the Smart Cities Council as global director of the Council's Readiness Program. Click to learn more about her and her new responsibilities with the Council.

The City of Newport News, VA, Furthers Smart City Initiatives with Readiness Workshop


The City of Newport News, Virginia, recently hosted a Smart Cities Readiness Workshop to create a strategy to develop smart infrastructure to benefit the region. The workshop was delivered by the Smart Cities Council as part of its Readiness Program, which helps communities craft action plans to further innovation, inclusion and investment.

Smart Cities Council Announces Finalists for 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants


Smart Cities Council, the sector’s largest coalition, today announced the finalists for its 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants, of which five will be selected in early March to receive mentoring as well as tailored products and services to accelerate their smart city initiatives. Additionally, Puerto Rico will be awarded a special Readiness Challenge Grant to help accelerate its hurricane recovery efforts.

Meet our 2018 Readiness Challenge Grant finalists (and one humanitarian grant winner)


Here are the 10 finalists for this year’s Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants. Learn about their ambitious visions and the steps they’re already taking to achieve them. Also, hear about our special award to help Puerto Rico recover faster from last year’s devastating hurricane.

Smart Cities Council Enhances 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants through New Partnerships and Expanded Benefits for Five Winning Communities


The Smart Cities Council, the world's largest smart cities network, will award additional benefits through its 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants to five North American communities looking to accelerate their smart city initiatives.

Smart Cities Council Honors CommuniThings and LimeBike with Innovation Alley Awards


Smart Cities Council honored innovative start-up companies CommuniThings and LimeBike for their commitment to providing municipalities with effective solutions to manage urban growth during Smart Cities Week, October 3-5 in Washington, D.C.

North American Government Leaders Meet at Smart Cities Week to Explore How Winning a Readiness Challenge Grant Can Make their Communities Smarter


The Smart Cities Council ‒ the world's largest smart cities network ‒ hosted government representatives today during a half-day coaching workshop at the organization’s annual conference Smart Cities Week.

The Edison Electric Institute and the Smart Cities Council Partner to Advance Smart Cities Initiatives


The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Smart Cities Council today announced a multi-pronged partnership to encourage smarter, more resilient, sustainable cities. EEI will join the Council as a Global Lead Partner.

Smart Infrastructure as Key Focus at Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C. Oct. 3-5


Smart infrastructure is the theme for Smart Cities Week 2017, which returns to the nation's capital for the third straight year Oct. 3-5. North America's premier smart cities conference and exhibition will bring together visionary leaders and thinkers from all levels of government to see, hear and be inspired by real-world examples of smart infrastructure solving tough urban challenges.