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In case you haven’t seen it, the White House has announced a number of big initiatives backed by Government funding to accelerate Smart City technologies and collaborative working.

The announcement says that the programme will include:

  • ‘More than $35 million in new grants and over $10 million in proposed investments to build a research infrastructure for Smart Cities by the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology.
  • Nearly $70 million in new spending and over $45 million in proposed investments to unlock new solutions in safety, energy, climate preparedness, transportation, health and more, by the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Department of Energy, Department of Commerce, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • More than 20 cities participating in major new multi-city collaborations that will help city leaders effectively collaborate with universities and industry.’

Part of the strategy is about pursuing international collaborations. Perhaps there is something the UK can offer with all of its smart cities projects and city demonstrators.

Find the detail here.


Photo credit, NYC skyline, creative commons copyright: Nicolas Vollmer

Helen Pineo
About the Author
Associate Director - Cities at BRE (MRTPI). Helen is a chartered planner with a focus on sustainability and health & wellbeing. She is responsible for leading the development of services to help cities grow while achieving the best outcomes for people, place and the planet. She is also a PhD candidate at University College London's Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, researching the use of urban health indicators.

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