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Smart Cities Council announces challenge finalists

The Smart Cities Council has announced the nine finalists for its annual Readiness Challenge grants. The finalists are working to create e-government platforms, digitize transportation and make data easier to use and more accessible, according to an announcement from the Smart Cities Council.

The finalists are Albuquerque, N.M.; Aurora, Ill.; Birmingham, Ala.; Cary, N.C.; Fairfax County, Va.; Los Angeles; Las Vegas; Louisville-Jefferson County, Ky.; and the entire state of Virginia. Puerto Rico will be awarded a special Readiness Challenge grant to help accelerate its hurricane recovery efforts.

The winners will receive mentoring,  a workshop city tailored to their specific needs and products and services from Smart Cities Council partners, including Qualcomm, Battelle, SYNEXXUS, CompTIA and IES.

The winners will be announced in March.

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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.

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