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Announcing the Congressional Caucus on Smart Cities

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The Congressional Smart Cities Caucus provides a place where Members of Congress can convene with stakeholders from all different backgrounds, including but not limited to: industry stakeholders, state and local governments, and local community leaders. Join me exploring ways we can bridge the technological divide between urban and rural American communities by expanding smart infrastructure nationwide.

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Smart Regions Congress: Meet the Speakers [RSCI]

Jamie Sordo

RSCI has announced speakers and forum leaders for the Smart Regions Congress event in Washington DC on February 15th.  The interdisciplinary group of leaders will explore and discuss the challenges and successes that arise when building smart regions that put people first. 

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5 topics that leaders will discuss at the Smart Regions Congress in Washington DC

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Smart cities and regions use technology as a tool to create better places to live, work, and visit. But efforts towards smart planning and development don't happen on their own, and they cannot take place in silos. Smart solutions require regional collaborations and interoperable solutions that improve people's lives, increase public service delivery, and alleviate strained municipal budgets.

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USDA Invests in e-Connectivity to Restore Rural Prosperity by Providing Training and Health Care Services

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USDA is awarding 72 grants totaling $23.6 million through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. This program invests in equipment that uses broadband to help rural communities connect to educational and health care services. These vital services are part of the foundation of a high quality of life and enable communities to overcome the effects of remoteness and low population density by connecting them to the rest of the world through high-speed internet.

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3 Active Opportunities Geared Towards Improving Public Safety

Jamie Sordo

Public Safety is an important facet of smart planning.  Today, we have the capability to create and adapt technology in a way that can not only provide us with tools for a safer response to emergency situations but also provide us with tools for smarter preparation. 

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Venture Smarter January 2018 Update

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This month the Venture Smarter community passed the 20,000 users benchmark, and the beta portal captured great insights on the state of smart cities happenings. But more importantly, it's 2018 and we are continuing our mission to democratize smart city planning, providing even small and medium sized communities the tools for smart city success stories that reach beyond big city limits.

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5 Action Items for the USDA Rural Prosperity Task Force

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As we talk about Smart Regions and connected infrastructure, it is imperative that we focus on connecting people to technology and access beyond our urban and suburban cores, but in our agricultural areas as well where more than 46 million Americans call home. This USDA task force is focused on just that.

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At the Smart Regions Congress, leaders in DC will convene to talk about technology, policy, and strategy

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At the Smart Regions Congress in Washington DC, attendees will join leaders from top Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Councils of Government, elected and public officials, and industry experts from around the nation as we explore the opportunities and challenges presented by building smart cities and regions that use advanced technologies and the Internet of Things to optimize or altogether replace outdated systems and infrastructure.

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Rhonda Binda to Speak at Potomac Coalition Policies and Politics for 2020

Jamie Sordo

Rhonda Binda, will be participating as a panelist at the Potomac Coalition Retreat.  A big part of the discussion centers around Wealth Building for Urban Americans.  Among other officials and experts, Rhonda will focus on Housing and Tax Policies.

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Smart Cincy: Cincinnati to Install 'Fiber Ring' Downtown

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This upgrade to fiber for the Downtown traffic-communications system is one of several smart city (or “Smart Cincy”) initiatives the Administration is aggressively pursuing. Others include the Smart Cincy RFP and the development of a comprehensive Mobility app, both of which are underway.

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7 takeaways from the Venture Smarter NYC: Smart Cities Leadership Forum

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Leaders from government, academia, and business gathered just last week at the New York Bar Association for a leadership forum aimed at setting smart city development goals in NYC and beyond.  The turn-out couldn't have been better.  With more than 40 guests in attendance, it quickly became standing room only.

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People, Not Products - Strategies for Smart Growth

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This means technology is the tool, not the focus, of smart city planning. As technology continues to disrupt policy, and is deployed to optimize and replace inefficient and outdated systems and infrastructure, the cities and regions that come out on top are-and-will-continue-to-be those that put people at the top of the planning hierarchy to focus on outcomes and impact that improve our collective quality of life regardless of socioeconomic or physical barriers.

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Leaders explore smart city goals in New York City

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New York, NY - On Tuesday, December 12th, leaders from government, academia, and business will convene at the New York Bar Association for a leadership forum aimed at setting smart city development goals in New York City and beyond.

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