Smart Cities Chatter on Capitol Hill (Video from March 16)

The Rayburn House building played host to the Smart Communities talks this morning, Thursday, March 16th, 2017. 

The Rayburn House building played host to the Smart Communities talks this morning, Thursday, March 16th, 2017. 

With this growth, we must be smart if we are going to be sustainable... Technology is an enabler, but not an end-all to solving our problems.
— Ms Gallagher (Columbus, OH)

We were happy to connect with leaders on Capitol Hill this morning discussing smart cities and smart communities. Key topics shifted away from energy to data sharing, interoperability, and cyber-security. Leaders from Pittsburgh, Columbus, and other municipalities spoke to elected officials about their working projects and ideas related to smart cities and smart growth. While conversations remain disparate, it seems there is growing alignment around smart hard and soft infrastructure projects that will enable smart city growth. The conversation is shifting to revolve more around people, and less around products. The outcomes first approach is reflective of Regional Smart Cities Initiatives and will certainly act as a driver for smart city success stories.

Witnesses

Ms. Brenna Berman
Commissioner and Chief Information Officer, Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology

Mr. Kyle Chisek
Director of Bureau Relations, City of Portland, Oregon, Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler

Dr. Jennifer Clark
Director, Center for Urban Innovation, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy,, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ms. Jennifer Gallagher
Director, Department of Public Service, City of Columbus, Ohio

Mr. Kurt J. Gruendling
Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom

Mr. Alexander Pazuchanics
Policy Advisor, Office of the Mayor, City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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