Breaking Down the "State of a City"
A sharply increasing disparity in technology continues to deepen the digital divide among peer cities. In fact, smaller cities that leverage their assets, including rights of way, have the opportunity to outperform larger cities in the digital transformation. For example, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, is leveraging utilities to support smart city programs, service delivery to residents and businesses including water utilities, power utilities, and now next-generation connectivity utilities including fiber and wireless.
To begin planning for smart city success stories, an assessment of the current “state of a city” is required. To make that simple, we break down cities into different ‘types.’
Type 4 City -
- Privately-owned public works
- No city manager
- No municipal water or power services
Cities can look to create a public works department internally. This is a fantastic first step.
Cities with public works will most likely need to move to a city manager system in the future as project loads increase.
How can this city type pursue smart growth?*
Type 3 City - Public works office
Fire / police
- 1 utility (Power, Water, Analytics, Connectivity)
- Cities should look to increase project load and increase utility control.
- Cities should also start the process of hiring a technical city manager with strong vision.
Cities can focus on state and federal dollars at this point. How can this city type pursue smart growth?*
Within that spirit of cooperation, private and public-sector leaders said governments and their agencies should be more deliberate about working with private businesses, which often can innovate more quickly and deliver services more cheaply. Columbia, SC Mayor Benjamin said for too long government has been “afraid of public-private partnerships (P3s),”
In an era of political tribalism, infrastructure investment is one of the few areas of American public policy that polls well among everyone. Which makes sense; who doesn’t like the idea of filling potholes, new airport terminals, and water systems that don’t burst?
PISCATAWAY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, and the IEEE Standards Association today announced the approval of two new standards projects inspired by work being done by The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems(“The IEEE Global Initiative”).
It is hardly surprising that this policy clarification, finalized by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) in a unanimous vote, failed to make headlines, or even any news. But given the vital implications for water utilities and their communities nationwide, it probably should have.
*This will be the first 'micro summit' of the Resilient NYC Series. Each event will focus on a different sub-topic related to resilience, such as 'Infrastructure and Impact.' During the event, Phase One details about the 2018 Smart Regions Conference will be revealed, and the project response teams for the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge from NYC will be highlighted.