MISAC recently co-sponsored City Launch 2019, a three-day conference presented by Connected Communities Collaborative. The conference, held in San Diego, focused on “Smart Communities.” Greg Duecker, Director of Administration, Western Municipal Water District (WMWD) in Riverside California attended the conference representing MISAC and he filed the report below upon his return. Opinions in this piece are his own, and may not reflect those of WMWD. Read Greg Duecker’s Report >>
This year’s Smart City Blueprint award winner was the City of Chula Vista, California. Chula Vista is the second-largest city in San Diego County, with a population of 268,000. The city’s 52 square miles are filled with a coastal landscape, canyons, rolling hills, mountains, parks, miles of trails, and an award-winning Smart City Strategic Action Plan. Read More >>
Cleantech San Diego is a member-based trade organization that positions the greater San Diego region, including Imperial County, as a global leader in the cleantech economy. As a nonprofit organization, we are uniquely suited to support the cleantech industry by fostering collaborations across the private-public-academic landscape, leading advocacy efforts to promote cleantech priorities, and encouraging investment in the San Diego region.
Our session on handcrafted roadmaps include strategic planning and engagement for smart city technology adoption. As part of this inclusive plan, it’s essential for cities to streamline their procurement process, build strong cybersecurity, enhance sustainability and find opportunities to accelerate their progress.
Smart city technologies and services, when properly and strategically implemented, increase government efficiency and enhance the quality of life for the community.
Millions of people around the world need digital equity. As our cities become less analog and more digital, these “smart cities” establish technologies without inclusive involvement of the people they are meant to serve. Better and smarter cities begin with civic participation to guide technologies that help those most in need.
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