Your input is needed to help shape the emerging Federal smart counties, cities, and communities strategy. The draft “Smart Cities and Communities Federal Strategic Plan” was recently released by the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program, an interagency Federal coordinating group. Access to the plan and detailed instructions for comment submission are provided on the NITRD Blog and in the Federal Register Notice.
The Interagency Smart Cities and Communities Task Force was formed to enable Federal agencies to coordinate their efforts in working with local and state government, industry, and academia in developing and implementing smart city technologies that can make communities safer, more secure, livable and workable. The current draft provides the Federal agency view, and now the Task Force is looking for your input to provide the county perspective on how best to work together. Your views are sought on strategic goals and highest priorities for counties in using smart technologies to benefit their residents; technology challenges, hurdles and barriers you encounter in pursuing those goals; and ways in which Federal agencies could facilitate your efforts to use advanced technologies to meet county goals.
The draft Strategic Plan (PDF available here) is only the first step in developing an effective Federal strategy. Comments received by February 28, 2017 will be used to refine and extend the plan to better meet the needs of counties and facilitate progress by stakeholders in industry and academia. We encourage you to review the plan and provide your thoughts on both the current content and additional goals and priorities you think should be considered.
All comments we receive will be posted on the NITRD web site at www.nitrd.gov, so we ask that you not include any business proprietary information or copyrighted information. Thank you in advance for helping us to shape a strategy for working together in exploring smart county technologies that can meet your goals.
Ken Calvert, National Science Foundation
Chris Greer, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Ken Leonard, Department of Transportation
Co-Chairs, Smart Cities and Communities Task Force