Some of today’s greatest cities benefitted from visionaries who – centuries ago – saw possibilities for civic betterment and made it happen. A compelling example comes from leaders back in the 1800s. Way before the phrase “urban sprawl” had entered our psyche, they committed to preserving vast amounts of open spaces for public use. Think of Hyde Park in London, Central Park jutting through Manhattan or Ueno Park in Tokyo. They are all testaments to leaders “thinking outside the box” a very long time ago.
Carson City is the capital of the state of Nevada. Its Public Works Department is responsible for taking care of the city’s water, wastewater, transportation, landfill, fleet, environmental and renewable power systems. In order to achieve its goals, the department created an infrastructure revolving around the capabilities of its people and technology from Council member Schneider Electric.
Barcelona, Spain has a global reputation for innovation. Many of the technological solutions that the city has adopted in recent years are at the leading edge of city management. Council member Microsoft is a close partner in this effort. It has helped the city drive new services for citizens and visitors and create and support new technology-based companies and entrepreneurs, while also enabling the city government to reduce costs through new cloud computing services and devices.
Jacksonville is the 14th largest city in North Carolina and home to more than 70,000 residents. Jacksonville’s Information Technology Services (ITS) department provides citywide support for all computer, phone, security and geographic information systems through its operations center for over 500 end users.
Tianjin Eco-City is a flagship collaborative project between Singapore and China. Established in 2007, it is built on the vision of being “a thriving city which is socially harmonious, environmentally friendly and resource-efficient.” Located in the city’s Binhai New District, the community will cover a land area of about 30 square kilometers. When completed in 2020, it will house approximately 350,000 residents.
South Bend, Indiana had a serious problem: wastewater spilling into the St. Joseph River and welling up in basements. The city’s wastewater pipes and treatment facilities just couldn’t handle the volume.
Bauru, a town most famous among Brazilians as the city where soccer superstar Pelé grew up, is a busy college town and transportation hub located at the centre of São Paulo. But Pelé isn’t the only bright light the town will ever know. Installation of over 2,000 LED traffic lights from Council member GE made their mark on the municipality’s traffic and -- in a very substantial way -- on its coffers.