The Readiness Guide is, first and foremost, a collaborative effort. We are grateful for the expertise, the energy and the meticulous diligence of dozens of enthusiastic smart city advocates – subject matter experts from around the world, municipal government leaders and their staffs, technology advocates and business leaders.
We extend our sincere thanks and congratulations to the Lead and Associate Partners of the Smart Cities Council® for their involvement and passion for this project: Allied Telesis, Alstom Grid, Bechtel, Cisco, Daimler, Enel, GE, IBM, Itron, Inc., Microsoft, Ooredoo, Qualcomm, S&C Electric Co., Schneider Electric, Verizon, ABB Ltd. Alphinat, Apex CoVantage, Badger Meter, Black & Veatch, CH2M, Civic Resource Group International, Clevest, Elster, Enevo, Imex Systems Inc., Intel, K2 Geospatial, Neptune Technology Group, Organic Energy Corp., SAS Institute, Saudi Telecom, Siemens, Silver Spring Networks, Space-Time Insight, Spire Metering Technology, SunGard Public Sector, Veolia and West Monroe Partners. Learn more about all of these industry-leading companies beginning on page 331.
The Readiness Guide would also not have been possible without the help of the Council’s Advisory Board, a collection of the world’s foremost smart city thinkers, doers and visionaries. Our 60-plus Advisors are listed on this web site.
Finally, we would like to thank the city mayors and their hardworking staffs who gave us real-world insights and provided us with critical early feedback. Their contributions represent the bridge between political infrastructure realities and 21st Century innovation. Special thanks to: Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, Burnsville, MN; Mayor Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore, MD; Mayor Jim Schmitt, Green Bay, WI; Mayor Kim McMillan, Clarksville, TN; Mayor Pedro Segarra, Hartford, CT; Mayor Jim Hovland, Edina, MN; Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando, FL; and Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas, TX.
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This Guide was written and edited by Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst, Editorial Director Liz Enbysk, staff writers Kevin Ebi, Doug Cooley and Doug Peeples. It was conceptualized by Chris Caine, President and CEO of Mercator XXI with initial research by Christopher Williams of Mercator.