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 email@example.com.
Written By: Matt Koesters
Venture Smarter will host an informational webinar for the Smart Infrastructure Challenge at 3:00 pm (EST) on Friday, April 20th, 2018. If you would like to attend this online session, please fill out the form below and we will send you a calendar invite with login information.
For seven years, city leaders from across Europe have trusted the Smart to Future Cities Summit to deliver practical, applicable, citizen centric content. Join us and discover applications that improve wellbeing, find efficiencies and enable new urban services.
The first Smart Cincy Summit served to launch Regional Smart Cities Initiatives throughout the Greater Cincinnati's Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Region. The second summit will highlight the organizational leadership, active projects, and community goals. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or to get involved.
The Smart Infrastructure Challenge will officially launch on April 26th, 2018 at the second annual Smart Cincy Summit. Ahead of the launch, Venture Smarter will provide support to match teams with partners and resources in their region.
Venture Smarter will host an informational webinar for the Smart Infrastructure Challenge at 3:00 pm (EST) on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018. If you would like to attend this online session, please fill out the form below and we will send you a calendar invite with login information.
Building on the success of the Smart Cities Council’s annual conference held each fall in Washington, D.C., Smart Cities Week® Silicon Valley honors the region’s focus on innovation – with an interactive and intimate program tailored to meet the needs of cities in Western North America and the companies helping them prepare for what’s coming next.
Smart Cities New York (SCNY) is North America’s leading global conference to address and highlight critical solution-based issues that cities are facing as we move into the 21st century.
Connect (X) is dedicated to bringing together the buyers and sellers of connectivity solutions and will showcase the latest innovative technologies and the vital infrastructure that are driving the future of communications.
The ITF Summit is the world’s largest gathering of transport ministers and the premier global transport policy event. The Summit will take place from 23 to 25 May 2018 in Leipzig, Germany. Around 1400 decision-makers from more than 80 countries are expected to attend, including more than three dozen ministers
This month, the focus of the caucus turns toward 'Smart Mobility,' which is timely as many federal agencies, state governments, and municipalities are trying to navigate the pathway to smart and connected transportation solutions.
With Moody’s indicating they will begin to factor cybersecurity and climate risks into bond ratings, it has become critical to build resilience into all phases of smart city planning.
The Smart Infrastructure Challenge calls for regional teams to add a technology layer into existing and future infrastructure projects with a focus on optimizing or altogether replacing outdated and inefficient systems. Grant and Financing announcements will be made during the program kick-off event on April 26th.
At the 2018 Smart Regions Congress, Andre Hentz spoke about the commitment to smart city planning the US Department of Homeland of Security has to support local governments and innovators.
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.
Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke and Congressman Darrell Issa invite you to the launch of The Congressional Smart Cities Caucus on March 14th, 2018. The Congressional Caucus on Smart Cities will serve as an informal group of Members dedicated to issues related to the transformation of our communities to smart cities, how it will bring about innovation and technological change, and the role that Congress can play in this transformation.
Venture Smarter's VP of Policy, Rhonda Binda, has been shortlisted for the 2018 Smart Cities People's Choice Award and needs your vote! The award is part of the IoT World Series and the winner will be announced at the Smart to Future Cities Summit on Wednesday, April 25th in London. Among 6 others shortlisted, Rhonda is the only representative from the United States!
View or download the published NIST GCTC Blueprints for transportation, public safety, city data platform, utilities (energy, water, waste management,) and wireless/public WiFi. New blueprints will be added soon. Venture Smarter is happy to support several of the superclusters in 2018 in line with our mission of democratizing smart city planning. Participants of the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge are encouraged to review the blueprints to support response and project plans.
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.