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.
Companies looking to supply smart city products or services have plenty of opportunities available across the United States. As more government agencies begin investing in the smart cities sector, companies in the business-to-government (B2G) marketplace have the chance to take advantage.
The Smart Cities Council has named the winners of its annual Smart Cities Readiness Challenge, honoring five communities across North American for ambitious smart cities visions that are impactful, collaborative, inclusive and sustainable. The winning communities are: Baltimore; Edmonton; Montgomery; Racine, WI; and Cleantech San Diego.