As sponsors of the 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge, IES would like to offer a huge congratulations to this year’s worthy winners: Birmingham, AL; Cary, NC; Las Vegas, NV; Louisville/Jefferson County, KY; and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Readiness Challenge was launched last year by the Smart Cities Council to award grants to 5 communities in North America to help them accelerate their smart city efforts.
The winning jurisdictions in the second-annual Readiness Challenge shared three traits:
- They focused on breaking down silos to help departments provide better, more efficient service by working together.
- They emphasized coordinated collaboration, not just internally, but also with the community and nearby regions.
- They were also determined to use smart cities strategies to lift up underserved and vulnerable populations.
The five Readiness Challenge winners will receive a full year of expert, vendor-neutral mentoring plus an on-site Readiness Workshop custom-tailored to each community’s needs and priorities. They will also receive free products and services worth hundreds of thousands from leading organizations and Smart Cities Council partners.
We’re very proud to have sponsored this year’s challenge and look forward to working with the winners to support them in their smart city endeavours.
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