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Planning For Smart Cities

September 15, 2015

Tech companies, entrepreneurs and even college students aredeveloping new, innovative technology applications for smart cities.    These technologies allow planners tocollect and crunch massive amounts of data from crowdsourcing, open source dataand the “Internet of Things”.     City officials are using this data toanalyze how humans interact with their environment and to develop applicationsto improve quality of life by reducing traffic congestion, predicting demand forcity services and pro-actively addressing public health issues.    Automated technologies help cities monitorurban infrastructure systems in real time so they can continually adjustoperations to changing conditions.    GISmapping, scenario planning and augmented reality help leaders communicate andpresent information to engage citizens in decision making.      

This seminar is designedfor planners and broadband professionals to explore the collaborations andpartnerships that will be necessary as industrial age cities transition tosmart cities.  Key objectives are:

·        AmericanPlanning Association (APA) – Smart City Task Force  - Learn about the APA Task Forceinitiative that is examining how planners, and localities, are currently usingsmart city technologies as well as examining smart city trends in the future

·        SmartCity Readiness - Communities can promote investment in broadbandInfrastructure through a number of policy and administrative actions.  Learn how to lay the groundwork for creatinga gigabit ready city and hear about successful case studies and tools fromother communities. 

 ·        Broadband Planning Processes -  Review planning process and different models for broadband deployment and learnhow city planners can contribute to these efforts.  

 Ms.  Kathleen McMahon, AICP will facilitate theseminar.   Ms.  McMahon has degrees in city planning andinformation technology and has practiced in the area for 20-years.   She is currently co-chair of the APA SmartCity Task Force and Chair of the APA Technology Division. 


To Register:


American Institute ofCertified Planners – Certification Maintenance credits will be available. 

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