Tell your story at the 2018 Smart Regions Conference!

Has your government agency, business, or organization been crafting success stories across cities and regions by leveraging smart technologies, policies, and strategies? Is your group interested in creating new or accelerating existing smart cities projects?

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Vote for DHS, FEMA and Venture Smarter in the SXSW 2019 PanelPicker today!

Are you ready to support emergency responder’s and city planners with accelerating tech development and building a culture of cross-sector preparedness?  Venture Smarter, DHS S&T and FEMA are proposing to do just that, but we need your support!  Vote to send our panel, Mobilizing Cross-Sector Innovation to Save Lives, to South by Southwest (SXSW) 2019.

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Building Community Resilience during Hurricane Season (Capitol Hill Event, 9/25/18)

Join the Congressional Smart Cities Caucus, partners from DHS Science and Technology, state and local emergency responders and smart cities leaders for an interactive conversation on how DHS is accelerating technology development to improve hurricane preparedness, response, and recovery operations for communities nationwide.

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7 things to expect at the Smart Regions Conference

Leaders from local, county, state, and federal government agencies as well as startups, enterprise technology companies, and universities will come together for a dynamic day and a half program centered around building smart and resilient regions.

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Smart Regions Conference Adds Mayors Forum and Smart Infrastructure Challenge Presentation Pitches for 2018 Event

What are the biggest challenges faced by governments and technologists in the age of automation? How are they navigating social, financial, environmental, and technological hurdles? The 2018 Smart Regions Conference will bring together hundreds of leaders across agencies and sectors, and at all levels of government from around the country to dive into the intersection of technology, government, and community impact.

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Smart Regions Spotlight: Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

In the 1960s, a prominent University of Minnesota oceanographer proposed and helped develop plans for an experimental city in Minnesota that would contain innovations including automated transportation and sustainable energy production. Despite gaining the support of NASA engineers, corporate giants, and even Hubert Humphrey the city never came to fruition, but that same forward-thinking spirit lives on in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area today.

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Daniel O'Leary
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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Daniel O'Leary
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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