MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The city of Montgomery is being recognized for it’s Smart City initiatives, earning a win in The Smart Cities Challenge competition. Only five cities throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico earned the distinction.
It recognizes cities that embody livability, workability and sustainability through technology.
According to Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, the committee for the award says Alabama’s capital city had one of the most comprehensive applications they’d ever seen. As part of the application process, leaders had to share what’s being done in Montgomery as well as it’s vision for the future.
“This is another special moment – a watershed day – for our community signifying our success in capitalizing on the opportunities for growth and economic development that come through the advancement of technology across our city,” Strange said. “But what’s even more important is our resolve to adopt practical high-tech solutions that better serve residents, add to our quality of life and expand access to the tools and technology needed for future success. We are grateful to our partners who raised their hands to join us in this venture.”
The city chose to highlight things like the Smart City Living Lab, which features expanded free public wifi downtown, smart parking solutions, Star Watch, and Open Data Montgomery.
With the win, the city will now host a Smart Cities readiness workshop that will bring leaders from all over the country to Montgomery to collaborate ways to build future cities.
Montgomery will also gain free access to an online platform that lowers risks associated with new technology investments.
The other cities named as winners are Baltimore, San Diego, Racine (Wisconsin), and Edmonton (Canada).