The awareness that the US needs focus on the global race toward creating smarter cities is permeating Washington, DC.
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The President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology issued a new report laying out how the feds can support cities using IT to get smarter.
“In a letter to the president laying out the report’s findings, council co-chairmen John Holdren and Eric Lander stressed that these recommended investments and programs are essential to helping the country keep pace with the rest of the world in the contest to make cities that can best house, transport and entertain the booming numbers of urban dwellers.
““Transforming cities around the world in this way is already a race ― one that the United States cannot afford to lose,” the pair (Holdren and Lander) wrote. “The time is ripe for an integrated approach to innovation to be brought to bear to improve the quality of life for all who live in cities, but perhaps above all the economically disadvantaged and under-connected.””