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Racine Smart Cities September Series

by Jeremy Williamson
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The City of Racine recently competed with over 100 communities across Canada, Mexico, and the United States to earn a 2019 North American Smart Cities designation, becoming the first Wisconsin municipality and the smallest city ever to be awarded that honor. But, what is a Smart City? How can it help residents, entrepreneurs, and established businesses compete more effectively in an increasingly digital economy? How can a Smart City leverage its digital infrastructure and other technology to improve the quality of life and economic growth? How can a Smart City and its partners ignite and finance future innovation for digital government and private-sector start-ups?

CONFERENCE

September 11-12 | 7:30am – 5pm

Racine Memorial Hall
72 Seventh Street
Racine, WI 53403

Learn how Smart Cities strategies and harnessing digital infrastructure can create the catalyst for economic growth and community transformation. National, state, and regional panelists business, government, and the nonprofit sector will share insights and strategies your organization can implement. Additionally, the City of Racine will announce innovative public-private partnerships designed to benefit residents, businesses, and government agencies, alike. This is a conference focused on helping organizations compete and achieve more.

READINESS WORKSHOP

September 19 | 8:00am – 5pm

Racine Memorial Hall
72 Seventh Street
Racine, WI 53403

If you live or work in the City of Racine, we would love to have your invaluable input and energy in fashioning the future of Racine’s Smart Cities Initiatives. As part of being a winner of the Smart Cities Council’s North American Readiness Challenge, the City of Racine will host national experts who will assist local government officials, residents, nonprofit organizations, and the corporate community in developing broad-based consensus for a 12-18-month implementation plan for the next stages of Racine’s Smart Cities Initiatives. Executives from the Smart Cities Council as well as innovative corporations will share best practices, case studies regarding public-private partnerships that have generated bottom-line results, and lessons learned from communities across the nation and around the world.

GALA

September 25 | 5:30am – 8pm

Racine Festival Hall
5 Fifth Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53403

“Invention City”—the people and businesses of Racine—are just as ingenious and innovative today as they have ever been. To highlight the continuing achievements of our community, the City of Racine is introducing the Racine Innovation & Technology Gala and the Racine Innovation Awards. The Racine Innovation & Technology Gala will bring together the business community, government officials, educators, and nonprofit organizations to celebrate nominees for the Racine Innovation Awards, congratulate the winners, and demonstrate how Racine is still shaping tomorrow.

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