Smart City Strategies to win Bloomberg's American Cities Initiative
Michael Bloomberg believes that our country’s cities will be the drivers of progress and policy in the United States. That’s why he has committed $200 million to the American Cities Initiative, which aims to develop programs that achieve three goals:
Equip mayors to solve their most important problems;
Advance important policies;
Empower residents to become a part of this work.
Venture Smarter shares Bloomberg’s view that cities will determine the direction of the United States. That’s why Venture Smarter is committed to the philosophy of smart cities and the mission of democratizing smart city planning. Building a smart city is a team effort, but effective leadership is a critical component to any smart city success story.
Venture Smarter gives mayors, city managers, and other municipal leaders the tools they need to make smart planning decisions. We use an agile planning process framework, which means that smart city solutions are tailored to the needs of each city. We authored IEEE’s Smart City Planning Standards, the model that will be used by cities across the globe as they pursue the goals of becoming better connected, more mobile, secure and sustainable. And we’re helping leaders show their constituents the real-world impact of smart city solutions by showcasing those efforts.
Here are brief examples: Disruptive transportation technologies can cut down on air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by minimizing gridlock and reducing the time vehicles idle at signalized intersections, all while giving residents better transportation options that quickly connect them with economic opportunities. Smart cities are connected cities, and a connected populace means educational opportunities are within reach for people from all walks of life.
Venture Smarter addresses and engages stakeholders in a number of ways. Through our Regional Smart City Initiatives, we are bringing disparate stakeholder groups together, providing education and aligning goals around available resources and addressable opportunity areas. We’re forming localized leadership and community groups that are making sure their community’s pain points are identified, prioritized, and addressed.
And we’re giving everyone, from the mayor on down, tools that help people understand the needs of their communities and empower them to propose solutions.
Venture Smarter’s Smart City Portal is a more effective, targeted means for government units to communicate their needs to technology solution providers. The Smart City Portal increases the likelihood that RFPs will attract proposals that are not only responsive, but innovative and add value beyond the scope of a given project.
Venture Smarter’s partnerships with research universities and institutes ensure that government leadership isn’t caught off-guard by new, disruptive technologies. We have our fingers on the pulse of the smart city space, and we help our partners minimize the negative impact of technological disruptions.
Venture Smarter is the right solution at the right time for cities interested in taking part in the American Cities Initiative. We’re ready to help cities ideate projects that will attract funding. To learn more, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written By: Matt Koesters
This year’s conference, Cities Leading the Way, will showcase how, in an era of unrest, cities across the globe are leading efforts to create smarter, healthier, more inclusive, and more innovative communities.
During the Smart Cities 2018 event, organizations and governments will learn how data analytics, new technologies and cyber and physical security systems will improve such things as city transportation, parking, water and waste management, energy usage and a variety of other infrastructure issues that result in the operation of cities and the overall lifestyle of urban citizens.
The Fourth IEEE Annual International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2 2018) will bring together researchers and practitioners in a collaborative smart cities discussion, including scholars, citizens, policymakers, administrators, infrastructure operators, industry representatives, economists, sociologists, and academicians.
The 7th International Building Physics Conference (IBPC) will advance the collective understanding of the nature and behavior of the cyber-physical systems in these different scales, how they interact, and what can be done to optimize their design and operation for healthy, intelligent and resilient buildings and urban environments.
Now in its seventh year, the NACTO Designing Cities Conference brings together 800 officials, planners, and practitioners to advance the state of transportation in cities. This years conference will take place in Los Angeles, CA on October 1–4, 2018.
Join Venture Smarter, Transportation officials, government and members of the academic community at the two-day Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference.
NADO's premier training conference will occur at the Westin Charlotte in Charlotte, NC in October 2018. This conference represents the 51st ATC and will offer a full slate of plenary and concurrent sessions, learning labs, conversation cafes, mobile workshops, peer networking opportunities and much more!
The second annual Smart Regions Conference will convene and highlight smart regional leadership, shine a light on resources and solutions, and catalyze collaborations between interdisciplinary stakeholders and agencies. Check back soon for details about the second annual event and contact email@example.com to learn about ways to sponsor or get involved.
City Summit is the National League of Cities’ conference for local leaders to convene and collaborate on solutions to the common challenges facing America’s cities. Each year, the conference is hosted in a different U.S. city – offering fresh and new best practices for government officials to improve the conditions back home.
Here is a list of industry events that we will be watching, hosting, and/or participating in this June...
In the United States we face crumbling infrastructure problems, yet continue to rebuild outdated and inefficient systems. It's time we think differently about infrastructure. States from Ohio and Colorado to Virginia and Nevada are well on their way.
With the acquisition, Venture Smarter will launch Venture Smarter Labs, adding a new business unit to the growing company that focuses on ‘working together to build smart cities, regions, and industries.’ Labs will work with businesses, investors, agencies, and universities to enable impact and innovation leveraging advanced technologies.
Monday, May 14th - Washington, DC - Venture Smarter - Congressional Smart Cities Caucus meets with stakeholders to explore how technology and automation will impact future workforce and education needs.
Are you a solution provider in the smart cities space? Are you interested in supporting teams responding to the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge? You can now sign up to be a Smart Infrastructure Challenge Solution Provider to get matched with collaborators and response teams.
Venture Smarter was excited to welcome Michael Dunaway and Dean Skidmore to the Second Annual Smart Cincy Summit to help shine a light on the importance of prioritizing public safety and resilience in smart and connected development projects.
At the Second Annual Smart Cincy Summit, Oscar Bode (CEO, Smart City Capital) discussed his firm taking a leading role in the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge and painted a picture for how new public-private-partnership models can accelerate and expand smart city development efforts.
At the Second Annual Smart Cincy Summit speakers and presenters across sectors and agencies shined a bright light on their success stories, challenges, and opportunities to collaborate to accelerate the development of smart city efforts across Cincinnati and the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Region.
On Monday, May 14th the Congressional Smart Cities Caucus will host its third stakeholder roundtable to focus on the future of the workforce. The discussion will explore educational requirements to prepare citizens with the skills required in the 21st century economy. Among other topics, the conversation will also hone in on the importance of public-private-partnerships in developing workforce success stories across smart cities and regions.
Venture Smarter has hosted several webinars related to the Smart Infrastructure challenge. Recordings of these past sessions are now available and can be downloaded by clicking on the respective dates below. We have additional webinars coming up that are open to the public. If you would like to attend any of these online sessions, please click on the respective dates to register.