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May 23 in Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Conversations

A series of conversations designed to provoke a dynamic discussion about the future of the greater Cleveland-Akron-Columbus region and to pinpoint key strategies that will help catalyze the area’s innovation, mobility, and sustainability agendas.

June 14 in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor Mobility Summit
(SOLD OUT)

A one-day summit focused on mobility and smart cities, especially in the Detroit-Ann Arbor corridor.

November 27-29 in Sacramento, California

Annual Summit

November 27-29 in Sacramento, CA The Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit, featuring over 90 speakers and two+ days of thought leadership on urban sustainability, connected technology, social equity, and innovation.

May 16 via GoToWebinar

Emerging Urban Mobility Solutions from Michigan

Hear from three of the leading voices in Ann Arbor, including two of the most innovative start-ups, on how the region is carving out a global position in the mobility game.

May 23 in Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Conversations

A series of conversations designed to provoke a dynamic discussion about the future of the greater Cleveland-Akron-Columbus region and to pinpoint key strategies that will help catalyze the area’s innovation, mobility, and sustainability agendas.

June 14 in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor Mobility Summit
(SOLD OUT)

A one-day summit focused on mobility and smart cities, especially in the Detroit-Ann Arbor corridor.

November 27-29 in Sacramento, California

Annual Summit

November 27-29 in Sacramento, CA The Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit, featuring over 90 speakers and two+ days of thought leadership on urban sustainability, connected technology, social equity, and innovation.

Recent Blog Posts

4 Strategies to Fix Citizen Engagement

4 Strategies to Fix Citizen Engagement

As we strive to build Smart Cities, the need for strong citizen engagement has never been more crucial. Can a City really be described as ‘Smart’ if it makes changes without consulting with a diverse sample of the citizens affected by these changes before, during, and after projects are implemented? Will citizens adopt Smart Initiatives if they aren’t part of the decision-making process? Recent case studies suggest not.

Innovative Financing for Cities: Pay for Results, Not Process

Innovative Financing for Cities: Pay for Results, Not Process

The Environmental Impact Bond. It can be used to finance green infrastructure and similar resiliency-oriented projects, which not only protect cities against flooding and pollution, but also create jobs and green underserved neighborhoods. The return to investors of these projects is based on the extent to which the projects produce results; such as the amount of stormwater diverted from flowing into nearby rivers.

Managing the Transition to Shared Automated Vehicles: Building Today While Designing for Tomorrow

Managing the Transition to Shared Automated Vehicles: Building Today While Designing for Tomorrow

To plan for the transition to automated vehicles, cities and county governments should develop building and zoning codes that not only accommodate adaptable parking but encourage it by design. This can include amending building codes to require infrastructure that makes transforming garages into inhabitable buildings possible. As automated vehicles begin to enter the marketplace, cities should consider incentives and other programs to begin the conversion of ground level parking to commercial uses.

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