Smart Cities Council announces the five winners of 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants

The winners are Birmingham, AL; Cary, NC; Las Vegas, NV; Louisville/Jefferson County, KY; and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Each entity will receive mentoring as well as tailored products and services to accelerate their smart city initiatives.

The four runners-up are Albuquerque, NM; Aurora, IL; Fairfax County, VA; and Los Angeles. All applicants will receive feedback and guidance from the council.

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"We're so pleased to see the strides cities have made since we launched the Challenge last year," said Jennifer James, global director of the Smart Cities Council Readiness Program, in a press release. "The entrants are knowledgeable and committed, and they have large ambitions. They are moving beyond the 'pilot phase' to deploy strategic at-scale programs that will generate lasting benefits."

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