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.
From Branson, MO and Hamilton, OH to Phoenix, AR and Atlanta, GA, teams are gearing up for the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge that calls for regional teams to incorporate a layer of smart and connected technologies into their infrastructure planning. Teams have until April 25th to submit a letter of intent, and will compete for funding, resources, and access to project financing following presentations and submissions on October 25th, 2018.
Learn more about the challenge here: smartregions.org/challenge.
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As of May 31st, 2018 - 64 regional teams comprising at least 481 organizations and 211 government agencies submitted 80 project proposals across four response tracks: Smart and Connected Development, Smarter, Safer Streets, Critical Infrastructure, and Next Generation Infrastructure.
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.