Inside Look: 3 Emerging Themes as Cities Respond to COVID-19

Tue, 2020-05-26 04:58 -- Philip Bane
05/25/2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is continuing to fundamentally shape the way that the public sector operates and does business. As cities and other public agencies are responding to the ongoing pandemic, GovWin’s team of state and local market analysts have identified several themes that are emerging for vendors. Here are three areas that cities, counties and other government agencies are focusing on in response to the pandemic.

Philadelphia's smart city journey has helped COVID-19 responsiveness

Mon, 2020-05-11 08:25 -- SCC Staff
05/10/2020

Philadelphia is leading the way when it comes to smart city technology adoption. As a winner of the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge in 2017, Philadelphia has used the ‘smart city journey’ to pro-actively solve city-wide issues with agility and innovation. The smart city journey has helped COVID-19 responsiveness.

Relevancy and empathy during the COVID-19 crisis - a letter from the Smart Cities Council

Tue, 2020-04-21 09:03 -- Philip Bane
04/20/2020

We have delayed publishing this letter as we have been busy working with cities and our partners during this global crisis. Our teams in ASEAN, Australia, India and North America have been working with cities and other liked minded organizations to do what they can to relieve suffering.
Our actions are guided by empathy, relevance and agility.

WeGO Chooses Smart Cities Activator

Sun, 2019-08-11 09:25 -- Philip Bane
08/11/2019

World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO) and Smart Cities Council (Council) have partnered to improve their mutual engagement with cities globally. The partnership, while using Smart Cities Activator as the foundation, is also based on working together to advance smart city projects by sharing with cities best practices for project development, feasibility, and project financing.

Virginia Chooses Smart Cities Activator

Thu, 2019-07-18 11:26 -- Philip Bane
07/18/2019

The Chief Data Officer, (CDO), for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Carlos Rivero announced a state-wide survey of cities and counties in Virginia to support development of a statewide data governance policy. Recognizing the critical role of data governance for smart communities, the CDO has partnered with the Center for Innovative Technology and is using Smart Cities Activator, an online collaborative platform provided by the Smart Cities Council.

Inside Look: How Government Agencies are Spending on Education to Respond to COVID-19

Wed, 2020-07-29 12:24 -- Anonymous
07/28/2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is continuing to fundamentally shape the way that the public sector operates and does business in all industries. As cities and other public agencies are responding to the ongoing pandemic, GovWin’s team of state and local market analysts are reporting on key themes and providing information in a free Coronavirus Government Response Resource Center.

Virtual training in a post-COVID 19 world

Tue, 2020-06-23 08:56 -- SCC Partner
06/22/2020

COVID-19 is forcing cities and utilities to consider how they can expedite their digital transformation while still operating. A perfect storm of operational risks are on the horizon for cities and utilities as they manage -
 Work from home
 Risk of infection taking you off schedule
 Phasing out old skills for new skills
 Moving from centralized operations to remote operations
 The downsizing of their workforce
 Institutional knowledge retiring

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Welcome to the Readiness Guide. This online document was assembled with input from many of the world’s leading smart city practitioners – the members and advisors of the Smart Cities Council. It will help you create a vision for the future of your own city. Equally important, it will help you build an action plan to get to that better future.

The first goal of the Readiness Guide is to give you a “vision” of a smart city, to help you understand how technology will transform the cities of tomorrow.

The second goal is to help you construct your own roadmap to that future. It suggests the goals to which you should aspire, the features and functions you should specify, the best practices that will gain you the maximum benefits for the minimum cost, at reduced risk.

The Readiness Guide is intended for mayors, city managers, city planners and their staffs. It helps cities help themselves by providing objective, vendor-neutral information to make confident, educated choices about the technologies that can transform a city.

Cities around the world are already making tremendous progress in achieving economic, environmental and social sustainability, in export-based initiatives and in the creation of 21st century jobs. All of these are excellent ways to improve city living standards and economies. The concept of smart cities doesn’t compete with these efforts. Instead, smart city technologies can support and  enhance work already underway.