Readiness Cities

This information provided by Smart Cities Council North America.
The Smart Cities Council, through its leading Readiness Program, works hands-on with cities, counties and states to advance their smart cities initiatives. Below are some of the several dozen that have boosted their efforts through Readiness Workshops. Learn more about their visions and action plans on their pages, and then contact us to set up a Readiness Workshop in your city.

While Austin is thriving, success hasn’t been shared equally. The city’s 1928 master plan drove black residents to the eastern part of the city; prosperity rose everywhere else. Austin is one of the most economically-segregated metropolitan areas in the country.
Birmingham believes effective and efficient smart city initiatives are a conduit for amplifying growth and achieving equity. Adding to the many projects already underway, including an Open Data portal, smart street lighting, community Wi-Fi and bus rapid transit, the workshop will seek solutions in the following areas: Energy Transportation Public Safety
With a rapidly-growing population, Cary has been investing in smarter infrastructure and innovative approaches to grow sustainably and profitably. Cary will use the Smart Cities Council's Readiness Workshop to further advance several of its projects,
 Fairfax County, Virginia, a 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge finalist, hosted a Readiness Workshop on March 19, 2018. In FY2018, the county invested $7.17 million in technology projects and used the workshop as part of its efforts to develop a smart cities strategy.


Through its Shift Indy initiative, Indianapolis has been looking for ways to make people’s lives easier. Indianapolis also plans to be carbon neutral by 2050 and sees data as a valuable tool that can help it get there.

 As one of fastest growing cities in the U.S., Las Vegas is committed to being a fully connected smart city by 2025 - one that is safe, sustainable, efficient and engaging. Its Smart Cities Readiness Workshop will focus on applying smart technologies to advance


The Louisville Metro has been on the smart path for many years and is now ready to scale its smart city solutions with 115 miles of new fiber optic cable being deployed and multi-sector cross-cutting initiatives.

Miami has been going through a long-term construction boom, which has led to increasing demand for city services from its growing population. But Miami also has been subjected to increasingly frequent tidal flooding, prompting the city to launch a pilot program employing a variety of technologies and initiatives to develop a regional resilience strategy.

Orlando is spending $15 billion on infrastructure, including rebuilding Interstate 4, which cuts through downtown, and expanding its airport and seaport. It wants to be smart about those projects so that it can get the most from its investments.

The process of applying for the Council's Readiness Challenge Grant helped bring Philadelphia departments together. The application process prompted conversations between city departments, causing them to realize they were working on individual solutions to common problems.

Puerto Rico, winner of a 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Humanitarian Grant, will spend tens of billions of dollars rebuilding its critical infrastructure systems and is determined to make it smart, sustainable and resilient from the start.

Through the Readiness Workshop, Virginia will create a framework for its multiple initiatives, including expanding broadband throughout the state; adopting interoperability standards; setting out a cybersecurity and privacy plan; and creating sustainable funding for smart projects.


Tue, 2018-04-17 14:49 -- Jon DeKeles