Smart Regions Spotlight: Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga, TN used to be known as a factory town. The city was once so polluted that in 1969 the federal government declared it the most polluted in the nation, and Walter Cronkite famously billed it as “the dirtiest city in America.” Since then, Chattanooga has undergone a remarkable transformation that revitalized its economy and made it a regional hub of innovation. Chattanooga is now known as “Gig City” for world-class, lightning-fast internet access that is 200 times faster than average U.S. broadband speed.

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RSVP for the final Q&A Webinar [Smart Infrastructure Challenge]

Prior to the LoI submission deadline, Venture Smarter will host an informational webinar for the Smart Infrastructure Challenge at 3:00 pm (EST) on Thursday, May 31st, 2018. REGISTRATION REQUIRED - If you would like to attend this online session, please RSVP here.

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Nominate a 2018 Smart Region leader

The Second Annual Smart Regions Conference will take place in Columbus, OH this year, and will be host to the Second Annual Smart Regions Awards. From now until the end of September, you may nominate leaders in several categories for their vision and efforts related to building smart communities across cities and regions in the United States. 

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Preview the 2018 Smart Regions Conference (October 25, Columbus OH)

At the 2018 Smart Regions Conference leaders from across the United States and North America will highlight their success stories, challenges, and opportunities to collaborate to build smart cities and regions rooted in community impact and resilience. The theme of this year's conference is 'Smart and Resilient Infrastructure,' and the event will serve as the host of the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge presentations, where teams are competing for access to support, resources, and project financing in excess of $50 million.

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Financing Smart City Development

Late last month at the second annual Smart Cincy Summit and official launch of the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge, Oscar Bode, CEO of Smart City Capital, led a workshop discussing the challenges cities face in moving from pilot to execution, and how new public-private-partnership models can accelerate and expand smart city development efforts.

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View the Checklist for Submitting a Letter of Intent - Smart Infrastructure Challenge

To register for the challenge, team leaders must submit a Letter of Intent by May 31st, 2018 11:59 pm EST. LoI submissions do not have to be detailed, but should paint a picture of who the collaborators are, and what problems are to be solved using smart and connected technologies. View the Checklist for submitting your Letter of Intent here.

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Informational packet for the Smart Infrastructure Challenge now available!

The 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge is off to a great start with teams from all across the country participating! Since announcing the May 31st entry deadline extension, even more teams have expressed interest in joining the challenge. With that being said, our team has put together an informational packet to clarify areas of uncertainty for both current and potential participants.

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Infrastructure Challenge Info Webinar Added! Friday, April 20th (3pm EST)

Venture Smarter will host an informational webinar for the Smart Infrastructure Challenge at 3:00 pm (EST) on Friday, April 20th, 2018. If you would like to attend this online session, please fill out the form below and we will send you a calendar invite with login information.

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The Smart Infrastructure Challenge: Designed for Small and Medium Sized Communities

The trend in 'smart cities' and the relative challenges associated with the rapid development of efforts has been to prioritize and favor major metropolitan areas. While the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge is open to major cities and regions, the program was specifically designed to enable small and medium sized cities, counties, states, and regions to realize the same smart city opportunities, and success stories.

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