What it Means to be a "Smart City"by Adrian Pearmine
National Director, Smart Cities
In December 2015, the U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the USDOT had pledged up to $40 million to one city to help it define what it means to be a “Smart City“ and become the country’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into their transportation network. Launch partner, Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc., announced its intent to award up to $10 million to the winning city to support electric vehicle deployment and other carbon emission reduction strategies. In March 2016, the initial list of 79 submitting cities was cut down to 7 finalists. Adrian will give an update on the Smart Cities Challenge and his experience helping City of Portland become a finalist.