Venture Smarter launched the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge to empower communities of all sizes to build better places to live, work, and visit. The inaugural challenge received submissions from 69 regional teams proposing 89 projects across four response tracks: Smart and Connected Development; Smarter, Safer Streets; Critical Infrastructure; and Next Generation Infrastructure. Competing for $50M+ in project financing and support, challenge finalists took center stage to deliver shark tank-style pitch presentations at the second annual Smart Regions Conference.
THE PROJECT (PREVIEW BELOW)
The Buffalo Niagara region is writing a new story — a story about how a "rust belt" region is retooling itself in the 21st century to meet the real challenge of how to live more sustainably in an era of economic and demographic change and environmental uncertainty. It is a story of old places with new people, fresh ideas, and new ways for working together to use land more wisely, move more efficiently, create great places to live, ensure healthy and equitable communities, and meet the challenges of climate change and a transforming energy economy.