Thank You Rhonda and thanks again to each of you for being here our friends in government our friends and media and of course our incredible community of collaborators science continues to push the limits of Technology of humanity in the last century we automated communication and we continue to advance there with continued advancements we are on the verge of.

Automating transportation in doing so it is expected that we will at least double our quality.
Of life as has been shown with each paradigm shift.

Throughout human history you will hear today about the challenges.

That can be overcome using smart technologies and policies so I won’t spend time in these.

Opening remarks droning on about the potential applications instead I hope to spark collaborative thinking actionable thinking about how we can use these efforts to bridge the gap and to improve people’s lives the question that might be.

Asked of us the question that I ask myself is what did you do to compel your community to invest in these things as there are many familiar faces in the audience you probably know that venture smarter was born out of a need to bring cohesiveness to interdisciplinary and interagency efforts leveraging smart technologies and strategies we help agencies and organizations research plan fund and deploy smart and.
Connected solutions rooted in interoperability.

And resilience but what is smart how do all of these technologies work together who owns the data and how are projects financed how do we track and measure outcomes and more how do we ensure that we are creating better places to live for all people regardless of socio-economic or.

Physical barriers how will intelligent systems and infrastructure interact as you move from.

State the state and region to region with so many questions related to technology policy and community impact it is no surprise that we discovered a need to cut.

The chaos out of smart city planning in an effort to streamline smart city success stories we realized that these efforts must reach beyond city limits and certainly across party lines we wanted to start by educating and aligning key.

Stakeholders around available resources and a draw simple opportunity areas for that reason we launched regional smart cities initiatives to aid efforts we crafted the four pillars of smart planning and began collaborating with leaders at.

I Triple E NIST and other standards organizations to aggregate and develop interoperable and secure technology standards and planning processes using the planning pillars as a guide we can shape cohesive conversations pointed at smart regional growth I’ll quickly say the four pillars and.

Then I’ll walk through each of them individually so the first pillar is connectivity and that’s the foundational layer upon which every solution in a smart city will scale the second is mobility that’s the backbone of smart cities moving people and goods.

Improving social mobility and therefore economic development and then the third and fourth are security and sustainability and frankly those are weaved into every planning decision we make when we build our smart cities and regions so I’ll go.


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