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The Smart Cities Council and federal government kicked off Smart Cities Week, which ran September 27 to 29, 2016, with announcements of $80 million dollars in new investments to help cities leverage smart cities technologies. CompTIA is playing an integral role in these investments, offering a host of products and services through the Smart Cities Council Challenge Grants. As part of the White House smart cities initiative, 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.
We feel strongly that the smart growth of cities will help drive economic growth, innovation and opportunity for our citizens. As such, we commit to offering the following to the five award winning cities:
As part of the Smart Cities Week conference, CompTIA EVP Liz Hyman participated in a panel session titled “Reinventing Processes and Systems: Planning for the Smart City of the Future.” Liz focused her remarks on CompTIA VP Research Tim Herbert’s recently released report Building Smarter Cities.
Finally, as part of a stronger focus on emerging technology within the smart city environment, the Smart Cities Council established a Smart Water Technology Committee. CompTIA Senior Director David Logsdon has been nominated as the Committee’s Policy Chair.