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Bob Bennett on the Role of Technology in Smart Cities and the Benefits for Citizens

By Lily Maxwell on Jul 10, 2019 10:46:02 AM

Bob Bennett, the former Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) of Kansas City talked in our Smart City Leader Interview Series - while he still was the CIO of Kansas City - about the importance of smart cities and smart citizens. He emphasized the role of technology and the benefits for citizens.

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Broadband Connectivity Innovation Smart City Public Private Partnership Smart Citizens Digital Inclusion Blockchain Future Cities Civic Participation CIO Infrastructure Smart City Initiatives Knowledge Sharing New Technologies Urban Infrastructure Smart Water Kansas City PPP Urban Data Platform Sensors Data Privacy
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Financing Smart Cities: Where’s the Money?

By Sarah Wray on Jan 14, 2018 2:09:01 PM

In this article, we look at some of the emerging and advancing options for finding money to invest in smart city solutions.

Across the world, cities are acutely aware that they need to upgrade their infrastructure and systems to improve life for citizens and residents. This is becoming more urgent as rapid urbanization continues – by 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population will live in cities, up from 54 percent in 2014, according to the United Nations[1]. This could add 2.5 billion people to the world’s city-dwelling population, placing additional strain on city services.

In a US survey from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)[2] almost 40 percent of respondents claimed they needed additional money “to sustain infrastructure at a baseline level” and indicated that the current state of their infrastructure is hurting quality of life.

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Smart City Strategy Smart City Solutions Citizen Centricity Crowdsourcing Public Private Partnership Data Monetization Crowdfunding Funding Financing
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