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Seattle's first smart city coordinator gets to work

Seattle has hired Kate Garman as its first smart city coordinator.

Garman will be responsible for ensuring a cohesive smart city strategy within Seattle's government. This will be done by working between multiple departments to develop a strategy that is “supportable and maintainable by Seattle IT,” the city said in a release.

In her previous role as the innovation policy advisor for Kansas City, Mo., Garman helped draft policies and ordinances meant to foster innovation. “This work will be important in the future innovation of Seattle, and I look forward to working together with city departments and connecting with the community as we move forward,” she said in a statement.

Seattle CTO Michael Mattmiller told GCN in June that the smart city coordinator will also communicate to the public why the city wants to implement smart technologies. The city’s advocacy community has voiced concern about some of Seattle's previous initiatives, which Mattmiller blamed on poor communication on the city’s part.

“It is incumbent on cities to demonstrate the value of these projects in a way that’s measurable and can be felt by our communities,” he said.

About the Author

Matt Leonard is a reporter/producer at GCN.

Before joining GCN, Leonard worked as a local reporter for The Smithfield Times in southeastern Virginia. In his time there he wrote about town council meetings, local crime and what to do if a beaver dam floods your back yard. Over the last few years, he has spent time at The Commonwealth Times, The Denver Post and WTVR-CBS 6. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received the faculty award for print and online journalism.

Leonard can be contacted at mleonard@gcn.com or follow him on Twitter @Matt_Lnrd.

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