At the Smart Regions Congress, leaders in DC will convene to talk about technology, policy, and strategy
Smart Regions Conference Washington DC 2018
 

On February 15th Venture Smarter is proud to invite regional leaders from around the country including those from various Metropolitan Planning Organizations to a forum focused on exploring and discussing regional success stories, challenges, and opportunities to collaborate to support smart strategies and efforts - city to city, state to state, and region to region.

At the Smart Regions Congress in Washington DC, attendees will join leaders from top Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Councils of Government, elected and public officials, and industry experts from around the nation as we explore the opportunities and challenges presented by building smart cities and regions.

What is a smart city? What legislation is required to streamline progress? How will all of the technology work together? Who is going to pay for it? How do we track and measure outcomes?

These topics and more will be discussed during a leadership forum followed by an open discussion and Q&A. Following the forum and discussion, attendees will be invited to connect over cocktails and appetizers at the closing reception where awards and recognitions for leaders will be presented.

Registration is now open. Space is limited to ensure a great experience for all guests.

When? Thursday, February 15th (4-7pm*)
Where? Washington DC (Capitol Hill Area, Location TBA)
What? Forum and Reception To Promote Smart Regional Growth
Why? To explore and discuss success stories, challenges, and opportunities to collaborate 

ANNOUNCEMENT SCHEDULE:
PHASE ONE: January 15th
PHASE TWO: January 29th
PHASE THREE: February 5th
FINAL: February 12th

EVENT SCHEDULE:
Welcome and Introductions
Forum and Discussion
Leadership Reception and Happy Hour

Contact = hello@smartregions.org -or- hello@venturesmarter.com

*Time and location subject to change. Phase One Announcements on January 15th.

 

Background:

Collaboration drives smart city success stories. In 2016 Venture Smarter launched Regional Smart Cities Initiatives to support smart city technology and policy collaborations that reach beyond municipal boundaries aimed at empowering leaders to pursue regionalized growth. Working with Metropolitan Planning Organizations, city, county, and state leaders, and academic and industry partners, the Smart Regions effort focuses on building public-private-partnerships that promote interoperable and secure smart growth as leaders leverage advances in technology and the Internet of Things to optimize or altogether replace outdated systems and infrastructure. Ultimately, Smart Regions and related collaborations help leaders create better places to live, work, and visit while deploying solutions that alleviate, not burden already strained municipal budgets.

These efforts require technology and planning process standards, engagement with community groups and stakeholders across sectors, and control mechanisms to mitigate risk. Of course, they also require political and bureaucratical support, creative financing, and clear plans aimed at measurable goals and outcomes. (Ask us about The Guide to the Technology and Process to Build A Smart City and Smart Region.)

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