Smart Communities in Virginia

A smart community is defined as a community that engages its citizens and connects its infrastructure electronically. A smart community has the ability to integrate multiple technological solutions, in asecure fashion, to manage the city’s assets – the city’s assets include, but not limited to, local departments information systems, schools, libraries, transportation systems, hospitals, powerplants, law enforcement, and other community services.

The goal of building a smart community is to improve the quality of life by using technology to improve the efficiency of services and meet residents’ needs.

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CIT and Smart City Works Announce the Launch of new Smart City Actuator @ Herndon

February 16, 2017 (HERNDON, Va.) – The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced todaythat it has partnered with Smart City Works, Inc. to launch Smart City Works @ Herndon, the world’s first business actuator, a new type of business accelerator, focused on growing early stage businesses aimed at making communities smarter, more livable, and more resilient. Smart City Works @ Herndon will serve to catalyze greater economic development and smarter cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the broader DC metro area through innovation in how we design, build, and maintain urban infrastructure.

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Our first ground-up smart community development is the Gramercy District, built with the focus to promote innovation and accelerate the growth of the local economy.

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The Winner: Columbus, Ohio

The City of Columbus proposed a comprehensive, integrated plan addressing challenges in residential, commercial, freight, and downtown districts using a number of new technologies, including connected infrastructure, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, an integrated data platform, autonomous vehicles, and more.

To learn more, visit the Smart Columbus homepage.

City of Seattle Hires Kate Garman as First Smart City Coordinator

The City of Seattle has hired Kate Garman to run the City’s Smart City program that will leverage technology to improve the lives of Seattle residents. The Smart City program will implement and manage policies, partnerships, systems, platforms, and networks that ensure the security and manageability of our Smart City environment and that ensure that the technology is deployed and managed responsibly and in accordance with our privacy and digital equity commitments.

To learn more, visit the Seattle.gov - TechTalk Seattle.