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November 19, 2018
This is the second in a three-part series of news from NLC’s City Summit.
November 16, 2018
The City of Austin is making inroads where traffic technology goes, having become the first city in Texas to enter the U.S. Department of Transportation’s SPaT (Signal Phasing and Timing) Challenge through the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE).
November 15, 2018
From technologists to civil servants, the Smart City Expo World Congress holds something for everyone with a stake in the future of urbanism. With a stated goal of empowering cities and collectivizing innovation, the Congress has established itself one of the largest and most influential Smart City... read more
November 16, 2018
In the latest of ongoing efforts to address growing traffic congestion and air quality concerns, Seattle will be the first city in the United States to pilot UPS electric cargo bikes with a program created through a partnership between the global delivery service and the Seattle Department of... read more
November 15, 2018
The Smart Cities Council – the industry’s largest coalition – has opened applications for its 2019 North American Readiness Challenge, an annual program that has so far helped nearly a dozen cities and states advance their smart cities initiatives.
November 12, 2018
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has become the first public transportation agency in the United States to embrace the Paris Climate Agreement, setting aggressive interim greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets that call for a 35-percent reduction by 2025 and reaffirming the agency’s... read more
November 08, 2018
In an unprecedented civic initiative by the Mayor of Los Angeles, the city will join with the Annenberg Foundation and LA tech leaders to advance community engagement and increase diversity among employees across L.A.’s growing tech industry.
November 07, 2018
The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) has issued its latest report in a multi-year study on natural hazard mitigation. The second in a series of interim results, Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure, examines the potential benefits associated... read more
November 06, 2018
Hawaii’s capital has been added as eighteenth of 20 cities to be awarded resources and technical support to help achieve their ambitious climate goals. This past weekend, on November 4, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael R. Bloomberg joined Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell ... read more
November 01, 2018
Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), the leading international event for cities will host on 2018 its eighth edition under the theme Cities To Live In. From November 13 to 15, Fira de Barcelona's Gran Via venue will gather over 400 speakers and thinkers from fields that range from technology and... read more
November 05, 2018
A pilot program to boost financing for resilient community development has been announced by 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). The organization recently reported it will receive a $200,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to engage the... read more
November 02, 2018
The Pew Charitable Trusts has issued a comprehensive news analysis on broadband. Published October 17, the report includes an overview noting that  Congress and more than a dozen states are considering legislation to expand broadband access.
November 01, 2018
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) presented a number of awards in recognition of outstanding service during the 2018 NASCIO Annual Conference, held October 21-24 in San Diego.
October 31, 2018
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), Grant Thornton LLP and CompTIA have collaborated for a ninth consecutive year to survey state government information technology (IT) leaders on current issues, trends and perspectives.
October 29, 2018
An oft heard refrain about Smart Cities insists that they’re not about technology, but about people. This same mantra could be heard at Smart Cities Connect’s Fall Conference and Expo, where Think Big Partners’ Herb Sih reiterated the intended focus of Smart Cities in his keynote address. “Think... read more
October 30, 2018
In releasing its latest report, the National League of Cities (NLC) has offered an analysis of current regulations surrounding autonomous vehicles (AVs). Presented as a municipal action guide, “Autonomous Vehicle Pilots Across America,” also serves as a guide which offers an overview of successful... read more
October 29, 2018
Portland State University (PSU) is preparing to launch two research centers – addressing homelessness and future cities – with $3 million in funding toward smart technology to solve community issues. The creation of the Homelessness Research & Action Center, and the Digital City Testbed Center... read more
October 30, 2018
Just weeks after presenting the updated 2018 Green Works Orlando Community Action Plan to the Mayor and City Commissioners, Orlando’s top sustainability expert brought insight and expertise to fellow city leaders and innovators during Smart Cities Connect this week in Tampa. The Director of the... read more
October 29, 2018
King County Metro, which was recently named as the best large transit system in North America by APTA, has launched a pilot project intended to answer the first and last mile needs of Seattle area commuters.
October 26, 2018
UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has named the next rounds of winning cities in the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge. Winning cities, of which half have now been selected, will be awarded with resources and technical... read more
October 22, 2018
Of the numerous methods used by black hat hackers to infiltrate computer systems, few (if any) are as brutal and unforgiving as ransomware. This is a type of malware which prevents a computer user from accessing crucial files or websites until they pay a specified amount of money to a hacker who... read more
October 19, 2018
The city that never sleeps is uniting the might of civic technology, private innovation and academia to combat ever-growing cyber threats. New York City, in a major announcement which is receiving international attention, recently unveiled plans for a Chelsea-based Global Cyber Center, a SoHo-based... read more
October 18, 2018
The mutual benefit that community solar brings to local leaders and residents is the source of increased attention.
October 17, 2018
In a variation on the civic engagement theme, America’s 6th largest city is investing in employee involvement to tap encourage creative solutions to common challenges. The City of Philadelphia’s Innovation Fund has announced seven grants allowing City employees to launch pilot initiatives, with the... read more
October 22, 2018
The National Science Foundation (NSF) made clear its strong support of smart city solutions in its recent news announcement of major funding for 13 programs involving researchers at 35 institutions across the country. The independent federal agency reported a total of $24.2 million in funding to... read more
October 16, 2018
A Los Angeles public-private partnership aimed at protecting critical infrastructure and helping businesses address cyber attacks, the LA Cyber Lab will be getting a boost from local and federal sources. In a news release issued October 3, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced he will be... read more
October 11, 2018
Bay Area city greenlights broadband expansion, and reinforces resilience efforts with public events to educate and engage residents. Having just approved a plan to expand broadband, the City of San Leandro, CA, is observing “Resilient San Leandro Week” from October 6-13, with a series of public... read more
October 10, 2018
The City of Seattle’s Mayor has reinforced her intention to reduce the city’s dependence on fossil fuels, and focus on smart transportation investments. In addition to presenting her first budget address, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan recently signed an Executive Order to reduce the size of Seattle... read more
October 09, 2018
To collect data is one thing. To analyze said data is an entirely different endeavor. Making the most out of the the vast quantities of data now available requires organizations to embrace a healthy data culture. Seeking to help develop and nurture such an environment, McKinsey has interviewed... read more
October 09, 2018
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced a five-year, $5.25 milion dollar initiative aimed at bringing residents to the center of self-driving vehicle pilot projects happening in five U.S. cities. The new investment will support pilot projects in Detroit, MI, Long Beach, and San... read more
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