BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
A “smart city” is one in which advanced technology is leveraged to strategically meet the needs of its citizens. It is an environment in which government and business come together to create solutions to current and future challenges using high level analysis and applying cutting-edge technological tools.
The Colorado Smart Cities Alliance (CSCA), a first of its kind combination of government entities, private enterprise, and educational institutions, was formed in 2017 as an initiative of the Denver South Economic Development Partnership (DSEDP). It is now a separate entity, with its own newly installed executive director, Tyler Svitak, who came to CSCA from the Colorado Department of Transportation, where he most recently served in the position of Program Manager for Connected and Autonomous Technologies. CSCA remains very closely aligned with DSEDP where Jake Rishavy, VP of Innovation at DSEDP, serves on the CSCA executive committee.
Ashish Parikh, VP of Internet of Things Platforms and Solutions at Arrow Electronics, told the Villager that smart cities’ projects are highly varied, depending on specific needs. Arrow volunteered to host the Colorado Open Lab in its Centennial office “to help cities work with academic, private and public partners on new technology opportunities.” The Lab was funded by DSEDP and a $500,000 grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. It will include an engineering and innovation facility when it opens later this year. Arrow, whose company message is “five years out,” is a $30 billion Fortune 109 company that devises solutions by looking at what technology can offer for its 200,000 worldwide customers. Arrow is now using its well-developed skills to solve the problems of local government.
Among the 19 member cities that are founding members of CSCA are Aurora, Centennial, Denver, Greenwood Village, Littleton, and Lone Tree. Arapahoe County and the Colorado Department of Transportation are also members. Educational team partners include our three largest universities, CU, CSU, and DU. Charter Communications, the largest employer in Greenwood Village, is one of its private sector members.
Smart Cities Projects
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