Helping smart cities tap into federal funding
- By Sara Friedman
- Aug 09, 2018
US Ignite wants to make it easier for cities to tap into federal funding for smart city technology.
The nonprofit dedicated to advancing the smart city movement is working with the Knight Foundation on a new initiative that will give cities access to detailed recommendations on tools, programs, best practices and federal funding opportunities that advance technology-focused urban development.
The Knight Foundation is investing $211,00 into the program.
The initiative will feature free online access to aggregated federal funding opportunities from agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Agriculture, the Economic Development Administration, the Federal Communications Commission and Housing and Urban Development.
Curated workshops and targeted technical assistance will also be available.
"We’re focused on making these funding programs accessible to cities around the country, especially those in underserved rural or low-income areas,” said Nick Maynard, US Ignite’s chief strategy officer. “With this funding, we aim to put these tools in the hands of cities everywhere, giving them a path to developing high-impact smart city strategies at home.”
Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for GCN, covering cloud, cybersecurity and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.
Before joining GCN, Friedman was a reporter for Gambling Compliance, where she covered state issues related to casinos, lotteries and fantasy sports. She has also written for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily on state telecom and cloud computing. Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.
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