Creative, proven strategies for financing smart city projects will be a hot topic at Smart Cities Week 2018, which returns to Washington, D.C. Oct. 2-4.
An entire track dedicated to Enlightened Financing will bring together public and private sector finance and procurement experts to highlight what’s new and what’s working.
From a procurement and finance perspective, discussions will focus on some of the collaborative alternatives – from demand aggregation and cooperative purchasing to pooled bond financing and public-private partnerships – that are proving effective in cities and counties across the country.
City leaders share insights
In one session, CIOs and CFOs will highlight how new business models are helping jurisdictions keep pace with technological and economic growth and fund smart cities projects. Kansas City Chief Innovation Officer Bob Bennett will be among those discussing city-wide RFPs, performance contracting, infrastructure as a service, green bonds and other useful tools.
In another session, Fairfax County (VA) Deputy County Executive Rob Salzer will help lead an interactive discussion focused on how and why cities should build a strong policy foundation to provide direction for budgeting and future smart city implementations.
The other four tracks at this year’s conference – Re-imagining Transportation, Smart Infrastructure, The Smart Workforce and Data for Civic Good – will naturally intersect with procurement and finance topics. There’s also buzz around an exciting new addition to this year’s conference — the City Readiness Hub, a special area set aside specifically for city-to-city mentoring