Economic development

Your Internet's faster than it used to be -- but maybe not fast enough

Fri, 2016-04-01 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Smart cities need to be connected cities, as we explain in our story on the importance of connectivity in this special issue. Connectivity and Internet of Things are the buzz for smart cities right now, but maybe we're overlooking something. Is the Internet fast enough for us and what we need to do? Read on for some not so great news about the status of U.S. Internet service -- and some promising developments.

Emulate India? They just got $100 million from Cisco

Wed, 2016-03-23 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Cisco, a long-time investor in India, will spend an additional $100 million to support the country's move toward digitization and smart cities. The money will be invested in early-stage tech startups, innovation labs -- and a greatly expanded training and education program to ensure the country has the skilled tech professionals it needs.

Making sense of smart buildings (and why they matter)

Fri, 2016-03-18 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Smart grids. Smart cities. And a market coming into its own: smart buildings. It's fairly easy to see how smart grids and smart cities are intertwined. Progressive utilities and cities share many of the same technologies and goals. Smart buildings do too, as it becomes increasingly apparent the 21st century's commercial buildings need to be more than big energy-guzzling boxes.

Winning formula: Smarter stadiums equal more cash for your city

Fri, 2016-03-18 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

A stadium is one of a city’s bigger investments. Are you getting your money’s worth? Discover how smart stadiums can get more people to the games, can get them to spend more and can help you cut operations costs — all delivering more money to your city’s bottom line.

Innovation on rails: why smart trains for smart cities make sense

Wed, 2016-03-09 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

In many parts of the world railways are relied on as heavily as road or air travel, and in some places even more so. This week Siemens is sharing its take on a tailor-made smart intercity train specifically designed to accommodate the changing transportation needs of the Gulf Region -- as well as its smart city ambitions.

Is your city on the wrong side of the Great Divergence? Better fix it if you want jobs and talent

Wed, 2016-03-02 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Have you ever wondered why some cities seem to be able to draw all the talent they need to be successful while others just can't catch a break? To answer that question, we're sharing highlights from an article that explains why it happens and steps cities can take to avoid falling behind. Your city may be doing fine, but it could probably do better.

How New York City turns a call for help into an opportunity

Wed, 2016-02-24 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

New York City has pressing problems with waste, energy, water and more. When city officials realized they couldn't solve them on their own, they decided to ask for help. Not just any help. They want the best and brightest. Read the story to learn how the city plans to attract the talent it needs -- and why it might be a good fit for your city too.

Want jobs for the chronically under-employed? Try this technique from Veolia

Fri, 2016-02-19 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

When Council Associate Partner Veolia needed employees for its street cleaning operations in the UK, it collaborated with a government agency and a college to set up a training academy -- and offered the training opportunity to local people who had been struggling to find a job for a very long time, many of them for years.

Four reasons you should help other cities get smart. (Three of them are entirely selfish.)

Wed, 2016-02-17 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

If you're a city leader committed to a smart city transformation, you know the challenges well: It's a disruptive to dismantle what once was and build in its place a livable, economically vibrant and sustainable city. So why would you take on even more challenges to help smaller communities become smart too? Jesse Berst passes along four good reasons, including three ways to help yourself by helping others.

Is your city startup-friendly? Cisco and NUMA may have a deal for you

Wed, 2016-02-17 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Paris-based startup accelerator NUMA, along with Council Lead Partner Cisco and other collaborators, built such a bustling startup ecosystem in France over the past few years it wants to take its show on the road and work with cities in countries from Central America to Southeast Asia. Read on to learn more about the strategy.