Cities and utilities across the country are facing a broad range of pressing problems and considering how to best navigate and utilize technology for a smarter, more sustainable and more resourceful city framework. First introduced at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Sept. 2010, the Envision Charlotte program has expanded into a robust collaborative group of industry-leading companies, ambitious community organizers, government officials and policy drivers. It sprouted from the original goal of taking advantage of the opportunities and technologies available, to create an innovative, scalable and replicable smart city model: Charlotte, NC. Now, the Envision Charlotte initiative is making bigger waves than ever before by capturing the attention of US Administration.

If we’re already envisioning Charlotte, what would it look like to Envision America? It’s certainly an idea supported by White House officials, looking to the Administration’s FY17 Science and Technology Priorities policy created in June of this year and Obama’s Clean Power Plan. The continued commitment to accelerate the deployment of technologies, driving progress toward a clean energy future with better environmental resource management, serves as a proof point for the smart city opportunities mounting.

That’s why the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has tapped Envision Charlotte as the model for a national smart cities initiative named Envision America that will launch in January 2016. Itron is pleased to play an integral supporting role for Envision America, a new nationwide nonprofit, issuing a challenge to accelerate deployment of innovative technologies that tackle energy, water, waste and air challenges to America’s cities. Envision America will be hosting a boot camp for selected winning communities in January in Charlotte, NC where they will work with leading experts from industry and academia to diagnose needs, develop solutions and create new city initiatives.

For Itron, Envision America, means a meaningful and critical opportunity for our technology, services and solutions to step-up and stand behind the national vision of creating a more sustainable and resourceful America.

To view the official White House Fact Sheet and learn more about Envision America, click here.

 

By Russ Vanos, Itron SVP Strategy and Corporate Development

 

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