It’s inevitable: Driverless vehicle is the future

Eager to ride in a computer-controlled vehicle? Worried about driverless cars approaching you on city streets? Better not worry about either scenario because, no matter how you feel about autonomous vehicles (AVs), that is the future. Driverless vehicles have attracted the attention of city leaders nationwide and big changes are occurring. The Smart Transportation Market will, in the not-too-distant future, exceed $7 trillion and companies are rushing in aggressively to capture a slice of this lucrative marketplace.

Affordable housing – the crisis continues and municipal leaders, aware of the necessity, take on the responsibility

As city leaders struggle to help their communities become “smart cities,” elected officials also grapple with more basic issues.  Affordable housing is a priority in every city in the country.  America is literally teetering on the brink of declaring an affordable housing crisis. Cities cannot grow – cannot become smart – and cannot function without […]

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Modernizing Technology

Something significant happened at the end of 2017.

The federal government signed into law the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act. This signals a massive trend that will sweep the country, touch every state and every jurisdictional level of government. Big changes are coming that will create huge new opportunities for companies that provide technology and services.  Government must modernize its old, outdated legacy systems with new and upgraded technology.

Transportation and technology – so interlinked it’s almost impossible to plan for tomorrow

As local government leaders finalize fiscal year budgets, many are even more focused on long-range transportation planning. That’s because transportation planning is much harder than planning next year’s budget. How do government officials plan for transportation costs considering the fact that the technology that will be required in three, five or 10 years is still […]

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Vote for “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Alternative Data” for #SXSW2019

Every day, humankind generates 2.5 million trillion bytes of data. When properly leveraged, it could help power the next wave of tech entrepreneurs and investors. Please vote for the S & P Global panel “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Alternative Data” for #SXSW2019

Community Benefit Agreements – coming soon to a city near you!

Problems facing municipal governments continue to compound. Constrained budgets make it almost impossible to address many critical community needs.  Additionally, city leaders are faced with a paradox – how to develop a rundown area without pushing out the residents who have lived in the area for many years. Gentrification is sweeping through major cities creating […]

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Blockchain Is Here!

smart and resilient citiesMany intelligent people still blink with confusion when someone mentions blockchain technology.  That won’t be the case for long though, because it appears this new technology has reached the “tipping point.”  Its upward trajectory indicates universal acceptance. Because of that, it’s now incumbent on all of us to understand more about blockchain.  It promises to be a very significant part of our future.