How to Make Your Government Smarter and More Sustainable

Imagine a city where you can connect to Wi-Fi no matter where you are, receive real-time text message alerts about environmental conditions, and get driven to work by a self-driving car. Initiatives like these sound futuristic and unrealistic but, they are being implemented in cities across the United States to make local governments more effective and efficient. A smarter government is one that is able to make use of all the information available to better understand and optimize its operations and limited resources. And the new trend of making government smarter has allowed cities and counties to solve big problems in innovative ways and is the topic of our upcoming online training on October 13.

Cognitive computing, self-learning systems that mimic the human thought process in a computerized model, allows local governments to improve citizens’ lives by optimizing programs and service outcomes. IBM focuses on developing and innovating planning and management, infrastructure, and citizen processes to help revolutionize the way leaders interact with citizens.

A holistic approach to local modernization is crucial to developing the most efficient processes. Planning and management projects work to keep the city safe for citizens and businesses. Programs focusing on infrastructure aim to improve and connect fundamental services like water, transportation and energy.

Public-private partnerships are another critical part of fostering smart city initiatives. Through city-based initiatives and in collaboration with the private sector, local governments are advancing their economies and increasing their economic capacity for growth. By incorporating private sector products and adopting data driven decision making into their business model, cities are able to achieve sustainable and holistic innovation across management, infrastructure, and citizenry processes.

The Foundation for Sustainable Communities is one organization incorporating sustainability models into the development and implementation of these smart city initiatives. Most recently, the Foundation is employing advanced cognitive solutions from IBM in order to develop a platform for smarter and more sustainable local governments in Southern California. Their platform seamlessly consolidates and integrates data, allowing city leaders to make well-informed decisions that benefit citizens.

Through their partnership with IBM, the Foundation is working towards advancing economic growth and creating a base for sustainable development in local governments. Fostering smart growth in cities allows local governments to efficiently use all of the information available to them to optimize its operations in the face of limited resources. IBM’s integrated platform gives users a holistic view across all government domains, enabling a single view and response in everyday or emergency situations.

Still have questions about how you can make your local government smarter and more sustainable in the most effective way? Join our free online training on Thursday, October 13 at 2PM ET to hear from Deborah Hager, President of The Foundation for Sustainable Communities and Nick Intintolo, National Government Industry Advisor, IBM who will discuss IBM cognitive solutions to sustainably transforming local governments.

Register for the online training here.


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