Smart Regions Congress Press Release

Smart Regions Congress 2018, Washington DC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Washington DC - Monday, February 5th, 2018  

Leaders from around the country will announce and highlight regional collaborations for smart infrastructure, technology, and policy planning at the National Press Club during the first Smart Regions Congress on February 15th in Washington DC. At the Smart Regions Congress elected and public officials and industry leaders will explore success stories, challenges, and opportunities to collaborate to build smart cities and regions that improve people’s lives. Several announcements will be made during the event, which will include featured speakers and a leadership forum from 3-5pm followed by a media reception from 5-7pm.


  • Broadband and connectivity in urban, suburban, and rural cores
  • Smart Infrastructure and Mobility including connected and autonomous transportation systems
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy
  • Public Safety including Defeating the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic
  • Energy and Sustainability




  • Mitchell Kominsky, Chief Strategy Officer, Venture Smarter (Moderator)

  • Thea Walsh, Director, Transportation Systems & Funding, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

  • Robyn Bancroft, Strategic Initiatives Director, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments

  • Jason Goldman, VP, Intelligent Transportation Society of America

  • André Hentz, Acting Deputy Under Secretary, Office of Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security

  • Bob Kolasky, Acting Deputy Under Secretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security

Attendees and expected guests from: The White House Office of Management and Budget, National Institute of Standards and Technology, The United States Department of State, The United States Department of Transportation, The Federal Aviation Administration, The United States Social Security Administration, Nokia, The Data Coalition, Waymo, The University of Cincinnati Office of Research, 100 Resilient Cities, Mastercard, Smart Cincy, and more.

The event is presented by Venture Smarter as a part of the Regional Smart Cities Initiative. Venture Smarter is a technology and strategy company focused on smart governance. The initiative supports interdisciplinary and interagency efforts to develop technology and process planning standards at the local, county, state, and federal level; to educate and align leaders around available resources; and to understand and address pressing problems in urban, suburban, and rural areas. The core mission is to improve the quality of life across the nation while alleviating strained municipal budgets using smart technologies and strategies.

More details:

3:00 - 3:30pm - Welcome Speakers
3:30 - 3:45pm - Special Announcements
3:45 - 5:00pm - Leadership Forum
5:00 - 7:00pm - Media Reception

The National Press Club (First Amendment Lounge)
529 14th Street NW
Washington DC

Media passes and credentials are available.
To request quotes or interview times, contact Jamie Sordo.
*The event will be recorded and live streamed at


“Smart Regions won’t happen on their own, and they cannot be built in silos. They require interoperable solutions and interdisciplinary collaborations that reach beyond city limits with a focus on equitable access and deliberate outcomes.” - Zack Huhn

“Smart Regions put people first. The Smart Regions Congress will welcome government leaders from all levels to catalyze a cohesive conversation about building smart cities and regions rooted in interoperability and resilience.” - Rhonda Binda

“Venture Smarter launched Regional Smart Cities Initiatives to help leaders navigate the technologies and policies required to build smart cities and regions on a mission to create better places to live, work, and visit.” - Mitch Kominsky