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Meet the 2019 Readiness Challenge Finalists at Smart Cities Week: San Diego

Smart Cities Week is thrilled to welcome all TEN finalist cities from the 2019 Readiness Challenge (hosted by the Smart Cities Council) to this year’s event. 

 And–for the first time ever–the Challenge winners will be announced LIVE at Smart Cities Week!

Join us in San Diego and be among the first to meet this year’s Readiness Challenge cohort—and hear directly from them how they are scoping the next generation of smart cities projects. They will be speaking in sessions across the agenda giving you the opportunity to hear first-hand how they are building more livable, workable, and sustainable communities.

And now…introducing the 2019 Readiness Challenge Finalists:

  • Baltimore, MD. Learn more about this city’s data-driven, collaborative efforts to better protect residents from flooding, address the opioid crisis, and eliminate the digital divide.
  • Dallas, TX. Discover this city’s emphasis on citizen-focused services, commitment to sustainability, and cross-cutting programs such as integrating transportation decision-making with housing, economic development, equity and the environment.
  • Edmonton, Canada.Hear about the value Edmonton has provided for its residents through programs like You Can Benefit, which helps citizens find government services, and multi-stakeholder projects like their Open Data Initiative.
  • Jersey City, NJ. Among the 15 smart city projects identified by this tech-focused city, are one to better collect and use data to create targeted health interventions to streamline resources while meeting neighborhood-specific health needs.
  • Montgomery, AL. This smart city is using A.I. technology to proactively assess road conditions, replacing a time-consuming, labor-intensive process, and partnering with schools, community centers and others to extend Wi-Fi access to all students.
  • Palm Coast, FL.Ten years after an economic recession stunted it’s growth, Palm Coast has a new vision that has resulted in a new Innovation District that’s creating jobs and improving the quality of life for residents.
  • Racine, WI.  Substantial redevelopment initiatives are at the heart of Racine’s plans to turn its community into a smart cities laboratory that will serve as a showcase for other post-industrial cities.
  • Cleantech San Diego. This regional finalist is convening multiple cities, the port, airport, and planning experts from across San Diego County to approach smart cities efforts on a regional scale.
  • The North Florida Smart Region Coalition. An established regional smart transportation plan that includes 33 project types across four counties is at the heart of this finalist’s efforts. The coalition is also collaborating to advance new energy, safety, telecommunications, and health and human services initiatives.
  • US./Mexico Smart Towns Consortium. This cross-border effort brings together cities throughout Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua to use smart technologies to benefit rural communities, especially in the areas of transportation and workforce and economic development.