White House Fact Sheet: Announcing Over $80 million in New Federal Investment and a Doubling of Participating Communities in the White House Smart Cities Initiative
To kick off Smart Cities Week, the Administration is expanding its Smart Cities 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.
The institute now has approximately 230 members, according to Elizabeth Stuck, senior manager of consortium development for the group. That's up from 65 as of April 2015, right before the institute opened its doors.
Chicago manufacturer Republic Windows and Doors went bankrupt in 2008, setting adrift 240 employees and a Spartan midcentury warehouse on the Chicago River. In May the facility reopened as UI Labs, an advanced manufacturing office, business incubator, and modern factory floor that Mayor Rahm Emanuel said will help “inspire a modern manufacturing renaissance” from its dusty outpost on Goose Island.
Chicago, the city that works, will be the test subject in an experiment to create the city that works better. Microsoft, Accenture, Commonwealth Edison and Siemens are partnering with the city of Chicago to figure out how technology can help design and operate more efficient cities. The effort, called City Digital, is the second major program for UI LABS, a Chicago-based research consortium between top universities and companies across the Midwest.