City of Orlando Selected to be Part of 2017 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge
ORLANDO, FL – February 8, 2017 – Today the Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, announced that Orlando is one of five cities they will partner with as part of the 2017 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge.
Orlando was selected because of its commitment to utilizing smart technologies to advance livability, workability, sustainability and resilience in the City. As part of the challenge, the City will receive tailored guidance on further developing and implementing a comprehensive approach to apply smart technologies to continue to expand innovation, inclusion and investment in Orlando.
“The City of Orlando is excited about this opportunity to work together with the Smart Cities Council and our Central Florida community to build out a unique program that will further improve the lives of our residents and visitors,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Through access to international industry experts, new data and communication technologies, participating in the challenge will continue to ensure Orlando is a more intelligent, interconnected and efficient City.”
Through the challenge, the Council will build and host a Readiness Program Workshop geared to enhancing Orlando’s specific priorities. Additionally, the Readiness Program will provide significant in-kind contributions from professional services; as well as access to best practices from some of the world’s top smart city practitioners, peer cities and technology providers with expertise in leading smart cities.
Opportunities through the challenge also include the possible deployment of new, cutting-edge technologies in Orlando, making the City an international destination to showcase smart city initiatives and practices.
Through the challenge, the City of Orlando will also partner with Orange County Government, MetroPlan Orlando, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and Siemens.
The other cities selected for the challenge include Austin, Indianapolis, Miami and Philadelphia.
About the Smart Cities Council: Launched in 2012, the Smart Cities Council is the author of the internationally recognized Smart Cities Readiness Guide, which provides guiding principles and best practices for an integrated, cross-cutting smart city. With regional councils in North America, Europe, India and Australia/New Zealand, the Council is comprised of more than 120 partners and advisors who generate $2.7 trillion in annual revenue and who have worked on more than 10,000 smart city projects past and present. To learn more, visit www.smartcitiescouncil.com.
Cassandra Anne Lafser
City of Orlando
Director of City Engagement
Smart Cities Council