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White House to Invest Over $80 Million Dollars in the Smart Cities Initiative

September 26th, 2016 / in Announcements, CCC, NSF, policy, Research News, resources / by Helen Wright

Smart Cities Week logoTo kick off the start of Smart Cities Week, the White House has announced that it is expanding its Smart Cities initiative, by adding over $80 million dollars in new federal investments and doubling the number of participating communities (to over 70 in total).

The Community Community Consortium (CCC) held a Smart Cities panel and discussion at the Computing Research Symposium: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs. You can see the full discussion here.

Some highlights from the White House Fact Sheet are below:

Today, to kick off Smart Cities Week, the Administration is expanding this initiative, with over $80 million in new Federal investments and a doubling of the number of participating cities and communities, exceeding 70 in total. These new investments and collaborations will help cities of all sizes, including in the following key areas:

  • Climate: The Administration is announcing nearly $15 million in new funding and two new coalitions to help cities and communities tackle energy and climate challenges.
  • Transportation: The Administration is announcing more than $15 million in new grants and planned funding to evolve the future of urban transportation. 
  • Public safety: The Administration is announcing more than $10 million in new grants and planned funding for public safety, resilience, and disaster response. 
  • Transforming city services: MetroLab Network is launching a new effort to help cities adopt promising innovations in social programs.

Below are some examples of support from the various agencies:

See the full fact sheet for more information. 

White House to Invest Over $80 Million Dollars in the Smart Cities Initiative