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Build your own ecosystem for innovation and prosperity

Tue, 2020-09-15 14:21 -- Philip Bane

Did you know that
*Less than one percent of companies ever receive venture capital funding with most failing
*94% of the companies on the Inc. 500 never raised venture funding.
*Only 10% of venture-backed companies had a female founder;
*Only 1% had an African American founder.
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2020 Global Readiness Challenge

Sun, 2020-07-12 09:57 -- Philip Bane

Apply NOW for the 2020 Global Readiness Challenge.

With Cities Helping Cities, We Change the World!

Accelerate your post COVID recovery and long term sustainability
Learn from other cities, share knowledge and aggregate demand
Gain access to best practice policies, programs and projects

Applications due on October 14, 2020

Instructions to Participate in Irish Smart City Knowledge Exchange

Wed, 2019-09-18 10:53 -- Jon DeKeles

If you are a city in North America, you are invited to provide information about your smart city projects in the Council’s Smart Cities Activator. You may have gotten an email inviting your city to participate. If so, follow the instructions in the email. Or click to find out how to participate.

Irish Knowledge Exchange

Wed, 2019-09-18 03:57 -- Philip Bane

Enterprise Ireland Partners with the Smart Cities Council to Accelerate Irish Progress. The Council is inviting North American cities to nominate projects from which Enterprise Ireland will select cities with bold projects that improve their livability, workability, and sustainability To participate please visit for a further description of the Readiness Invitation and how your city can participate.

WeGO Chooses Smart Cities Activator

Sun, 2019-08-11 09:25 -- Philip Bane

World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO) and Smart Cities Council (Council) have partnered to improve their mutual engagement with cities globally. The partnership, while using Smart Cities Activator as the foundation, is also based on working together to advance smart city projects by sharing with cities best practices for project development, feasibility, and project financing.

Virginia Chooses Smart Cities Activator

Thu, 2019-07-18 11:26 -- Philip Bane

The Chief Data Officer, (CDO), for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Carlos Rivero announced a state-wide survey of cities and counties in Virginia to support development of a statewide data governance policy. Recognizing the critical role of data governance for smart communities, the CDO has partnered with the Center for Innovative Technology and is using Smart Cities Activator, an online collaborative platform provided by the Smart Cities Council.

Smart Cities Council announces 2019 Smart Cities Readiness Challenge winners

Wed, 2019-04-17 09:17 -- Kevin Ebi

The Smart Cities Council has named the winners of its annual Smart Cities Readiness Challenge, honoring five communities across North American for ambitious smart cities visions that are impactful, collaborative, inclusive and sustainable. The winning communities are: Baltimore; Edmonton; Montgomery; Racine, WI; and Cleantech San Diego.

Meet our 2018 Readiness Challenge Grant finalists (and one humanitarian grant winner)

Sun, 2018-01-28 19:10 -- Kevin Ebi

Here are the 10 finalists for this year’s Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants. Learn about their ambitious visions and the steps they’re already taking to achieve them. Also, hear about our special award to help Puerto Rico recover faster from last year’s devastating hurricane.

Tech Republic: One of these 10 municipalities may be the next smartest city in the US

Mon, 2017-02-06 17:36 -- SCC Staff

Ten cities were selected as finalists in the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant program recently. Of those finalists, the five winning cities will receive readiness workshops geared to their particular smart cities needs in addition to technology and services to be provided by Council partners.

Statescoop: Smart state initiative sails onward in Illinois

Mon, 2017-02-06 13:41 -- SCC Staff

State officials and partners gathered to map out their strategy for transforming Illinois into a smart state at the Smart State Roadmap Workshop recently. The two-day workshop, held by the Smart Cities Council, addressed sensors and Internet of Things, citizen engagement, services delivery and much more.

Illinois on Track to Become First Smart State in the U.S.

Mon, 2016-12-19 09:17 -- SCC Staff

The State of Illinois’ Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) recently hosted the Smart State Roadmap Workshop, a two-day workshop to pursue becoming the first ‘Smart State’ in the nation. The workshop, delivered by the Smart Cities Council, had more than 50 participants, including the deputy governor, state agency heads, city officials, businesses, universities, national labs and non-profits.

Statescoop: How smart cities should include resiliency in their technology

Tue, 2016-10-18 10:59 -- SCC Staff

While cities focus on technologies that will make their cities smarter, they may not be thinking enough about how to make them more resilient during a disaster. During a Smart Cities Week panel discussion, experts from the Department of Homeland Security, NIST and other organizations shared their thoughts on why cities need to think about resiliency, too.

The Hill: At Smart Cities Week, tackling opportunities and challenges

Mon, 2016-10-17 14:50 -- SCC Staff

In this blog contributed to The Hill, Council Chairman Jesse Berst and Senior Director of Public Advocacy for Council Advisor CompTIA David Logsdon explain the benefits and opportunities smart city initiatives can provide and the smart technologies, investments and services that make them possible.

Bloomberg BNA: White House to spend $80 million in Smart Cities Initiative

Mon, 2016-10-17 13:08 -- SCC Staff

The White House announced it would invest $80 million in a Smart Cities Initiative focused on improving transportation, public safety, climate and services for cities. The initiative will support research and public-private partnerships. Council Chairman Jesse Berst is quoted in the article.

Washington Post: Smart cities pilot a revolution for prosperous living

Mon, 2016-10-17 10:49 -- SCC Staff

Smart Cities Council Managing Director Philip Bane, Council Lead Partner Qualcomm's Senior Director of Government Affairs Steve Crout and others shared their views on the roles of smart technology and connectivity in making cities more livable and sustainable. They also addressed how technology can help create jobs and help cities maintain robust economies.

White House Commitment: Smart Cities Council Challenge Grants

Mon, 2016-09-26 06:50 -- SCC Staff

The Smart Cities Council commits to award five Smart Cities Council Challenge Grants to help five American cities apply smart technologies to improve urban livability, workability and sustainability. For each of the five winning cities, the Council will deliver a tailored one-day Readiness Program during the 2017 calendar year.

The Hindu: Planning for smart cities? Here’s the India Readiness Guide

Sat, 2016-05-21 14:00 -- SCC Staff

Smart Cities Council executives Philip Bane and Pratap Padode set the platform for collaboration between local government and technology providers with the launch of the Smart Cities Council India’s Readiness Guide to help urban planners understand the framework of a smart city and take steps to improve infrastructure.

RouteFifty: SLED market on pace for modest procurement growth in 2016 thanks to smart cities

Sat, 2016-05-21 13:45 -- SCC Staff

Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst offered commentary in an article on an Onvia report discussing the rise in government, state, local and education contracting opportunities in the fourth quarter of 2015. The report hinted that 2016 could be a modest growth year.

Statescoop: Smart Cities Council releases online edition of innovation readiness guide

Sat, 2016-05-21 13:00 -- SCC Staff

The new interactive Smart Cities Council Readiness Guide makes it easier for cities to explore economic, environmental and social sustainability options by providing expert advice and real-world examples of smart cities transformations.

StateTech: White House urges federal-local smart cities collaboration

Sat, 2016-05-21 12:45 -- SCC Staff

A presidential advisory panel recommends that the federal government should get more involved with smart city developments. Smart Cities Council Founder and Chairman Jesse Berst says cities should work on small projects if they can’t adopt large-scale programs and should focus on their most urgent priorities. Click for more.

ICMA: Smart Cities Council teams up with ICMA to survey communities on smart city practices nationwide

Sat, 2016-05-21 12:30 -- SCC Staff

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) partnered with the Smart Cities Council to conduct a first-ever national research study to gain further insight into the practices, policies, programs and partnerships that communities in the United States undertake under the umbrella of smart city initiatives. Read the story for details.

TM Forum Launches End-to-End Smart City Maturity and Benchmarking Model

Fri, 2016-05-20 12:45 -- SCC Staff

A MoU has been signed between TM Forum, the Smart Cities Council, Shanghai Academy and the World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments (WeGO) to promote the adoption of the TM Forum Smart City Maturity & Benchmark Model to over 300 cities worldwide. Click here to read more.

IoT Evolution: AT&T joins Smart Cities Council, continues investing in industry leadership

Mon, 2015-10-05 11:35 -- SCC Staff

Writing for IoT Evolution World, Ken Briodagh highlights AT&T's announcement that it is continuing its leadership in the smart cities space by joining the Smart Cities Council and working with the Dallas Innovation Alliance. Click to read an excerpt from the IoT Evolution article.

CivSource: Smart Cities Week - Cubic and MasterCard launch the Urbanomics Mobility Project

Mon, 2015-10-05 11:03 -- SCC Staff

Read what CivSource writer Bailey McCann said about the Urbanomics Mobility Project previewed by Cubic Transportation Systems and MasterCard during Smart Cities Week, which took place in Washington, D.C. in September, 2015.

GreenBiz: White House gets serious about smart cities with $160 million pledge

Mon, 2015-10-05 10:45 -- SCC Staff

GreenBiz senior writer Heather Clancy provides details on the smart cities initiative announced by the White House during the Council's Smart Cities Week conference and exhibition in Washington, D.C. in September, 2015. Click for an excerpt and link to the full article.

StateScoop: How Santa Clara uses IoT, open data to tackle NFL invasion

Mon, 2015-10-05 10:45 -- SCC Staff

In a session at Smart Cities Week held September, 2015 in Washington, D.C., Santa Clara, California Chief Information Officer Gaurav Garg explained how his city applied IT strategies to manage the massive crowds that came with an NFL team's move to the city's stadium. Click for an excerpt and a link to Alex Koma's full article in StateScoop.

Clevest Joins Smart Cities Council, the Coalition for Smart, Sustainable Cities

Thu, 2015-08-06 16:05 -- SCC Staff

Clevest Solutions Inc., a leading provider of mobile workforce automation software, has announced that it has joined the Smart Cities Council as an Associate Partner. The Smart Cities Council is a coalition of industry thought leaders, innovators and practitioners dedicated to improving the livability, workability and sustainability of the world’s cities.

China Central News Television: China targets smart city development

Tue, 2015-07-14 15:48 -- SCC Staff

Smart Cities Council Founder and Chairman Jesse Berst and Chief Scientist Stuart Cowan were in Beijing in July 2015 as the Chinese government hosted its first Smart City International Expo. Watch a news report about the event, including an agreement reached between the Council and the China Center for Urban Development.

Product Design & Development: Cisco Collaborates with Smart Cities Council to Assess Leaders on Smart City Progress in NA

Wed, 2014-11-05 10:25 -- SCC Staff

Key findings from the survey of city leaders in North America conducted by Cisco and the Smart Cities Council were featured on the Product Design & Development website. Click for an excerpt and link to the complete story.

MasterCard blog: How Smart Cities are Making the Digital Age Work for Their Citizens

Fri, 2014-10-17 16:45 -- SCC Staff

In a guest post on the MasterCard blog, Council Chairman Jesse Berst provides real-world examples of how cities that have digitized their payments systems are reducing costs at the same time they’re offering citizens more benefits, more convenience and more inclusion.

Fedscoop: ‘Shark Tank’ meets smart cities at NIST’s Global Cities workshop

Wed, 2014-10-01 11:30 -- SCC Staff

Council Cities Director Sandra Baer was interviewed in conjunction with the NIST global cities workshop, a gathering of leaders from government, private industry, nonprofits and academia focused on ways cities can leverage the Internet of Things. Click for an excerpt and link to the full article.

Wired: Smart Cities - What Are People Really Thinking? They’re Already Telling You

Wed, 2014-08-13 15:48 -- SCC Staff

How social media analytics can help city leaders use their resources more effectively is the focus of an article by Jesse Berst that appears in the Innovation Insights section of Wired. It highlights some of the work in this area being done by Council Lead Partner IBM and Associate Partner BehaviorMatrix. Click for an excerpt and link to the full article.

EL&P: Collaborating With Utility Customers--What to Do (and Why You Should)

Wed, 2014-06-25 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Electric Light & Power -- an influential publication that targets utility industry professionals -- featured a story by Council Editorial Director Liz Enbysk that focused on why its important for utilities to get in front of the smart cities trend as another opportunity to deepen and improve their customer relationships.

Mass Transit: How 5 Cities Are Using Smart Technology to Drive Better Mass Transit

Tue, 2014-04-22 14:56 -- SCC Staff

In an article appearing on the Mass Transit magazine website, Council Chairman Jesse Berst explains how five cities are deploying advanced analytics and smart technologies and in doing so are demonstrating how to make mass transit more appealing and roadways less congested.

Mobile World Capital Barcelona: That's how smart city regulation will affect users and developers

Mon, 2014-03-31 12:47 -- SCC Staff

In an article on standardization and regulation in the growing smart cities movement, the Mobile World Capital Barcelona site quoted Council Chairman Jesse Berst and highlighted the Smart Cities Readiness Guide. Click for an excerpt.

PaymentsSource: As city governments eye new tech, payments play a vital part

Mon, 2014-03-24 12:11 -- SCC Staff

PaymentsSource, a publication that focuses on news and analysis about credit card, debit card, mobile payments and other technology and trends in the payments industry, interviewed Council Chairman Jesse Berst about how payments will fit into the larger digital ecosystem of smart cities. Click for highlights.