Colorado is open for business
How Smart City Solutions are Changing an Entire State
The state of Colorado is making bold moves in implementing smart city/smart regions technologies, and they want to share what they’ve learned, according to Jake Rishavy, Co-founder of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance.
Rishavy, who spoke at last month’s Smart Regions Congress in Washington, DC, said the state is addressing some of society's most pressing problems by co-creating the next generation of multi-city technologies.
“So many issues solved by smart city solutions don't necessarily respect jurisdictional boundaries,” Rishavy said.
The solution? Regional collaboration and cross-sharing of what we discover.
Rishavy said he co-founded the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, CSCA, to create just such a network, organizing 15 cities across the state to act as test beds for smart city research and project collaboration.
"Over millions of years of human development, it’s only in the last five-to-ten years that we have the ability to listen to the built environment. What we're hearing is a set of problems that can't be solved by any one city, company or institution,” Rishavy said.
The aim of CSCA, according to Rishavy, is to address transportation, mobility, resource efficiency, conservation, housing, public health and public safety, to improve overall quality of life for everyone. “We want the world to know that Colorado is open for business,” he said.
Rishavy described a robust and developing public-private framework to improve quality of life and equity in communities. He said policy recommendations of CSCA include recommendations for cities to adapt more quickly and enhance their problematic procurement processes.
As part of these efforts, CSCA will partner with Venture Smarter and the Regional Smart Cities Initiative to streamline Smart Regions efforts. Specifically, on Smart Technology Standards and Policy Framework development, as well as the Smart Infrastructure Challenge, Rishavy said.
“We are creating a living lab at multi-city scale to co-create the next generation of smart city technologies,” Rishavy said.
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RSCI 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.