Smart Economy in Smart Cities – The St. Louis Chapter

The book Smart Economy in Smart Cities describes International Collaborative Research in the cities of Ottawa, St Louis, Stuttgart, Bologna, Cape Town, Nairobi, Dakar, Lagos, New Delhi, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Kozhikode and Hong Kong.

Many of the challenges associated with initiating Smart City projects is related to planning methodologies which make use of top down master planning. Since Smart Cites are a relatively new concept, it is necessary to engage the community and its entrepreneurial resources to develop many of the aspects of community collaboration, business models, revenue and expense sharing agreements, and technologies that can be used to create real socio-economic impact. As government observes the success of projects, it then becomes possible to plan on a larger scale across an entire metropolitan area.

In this presentation, David Sandel describes the St. Louis model which includes a cross market entrepreneurial ecosystem and Smart City platform from which to create and build the essential components of the Smart City. The session also describes the overarching thoughts on leadership themes that surfaced and were developed during the course of the development of the St. Louis chapter.

A High Impact Community Initiative in the American Heartland

In March of 2012, The People of Kansas City, Kansas rejoiced that Google had picked them to be the very first in the nation to be a part of its Gigabit fiber initiative. Up until the time that the actual announcement was made, nearly 1,100 cities petitioned Google to be the city, including Topeka, Kansas, which changed its name to Google in hopes of winning the award.

"After a careful review, today we're very happy to announce that we will build our ultra-high-speed network in Kansas City, Kansas," the company wrote in a blog post. "We've signed a development agreement with the city, and we'll be working closely with local organizations, businesses and universities to bring a next-generation web experience to the community."

"In selecting a city, our goal was to find a location where we could build efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations. We've found this in Kansas City," the post continued. "We'll be working closely with local organizations including the Kauffman Foundation, KCNext and the University of Kansas Medical Center to help develop the Gigabit applications of the future." After the celebration ended, both Kansas City Mayors and the greater Kansas City community were faced with the task of how to go about realizing the benefits of such an unprecedented award.

In this session, David Sandel President of Sandel & Associates, founder of The Gigabit City Summit and advisor to the Kansas City Mayors Bi-state Innovation Team and Mid-America Regional Council, will tell the story of the Mayors Bi-state Innovation Team as it set out on a journey "to recommend ways that Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., could take advantage of high-speed fiber infrastructure". This session will also include discussion regarding a variety of Kansas City community initiatives and their outcomes including The Playbook, KC Digital Drive, The Digital Sandbox, Startup Village, entrepreneurial efforts digital inclusion and others.

Furthermore, in this session David will contrast the Kansas City Google Fiber initiative with other Smart and Gigabit City initiatives around the world. In doing so, David will consider the issues and challenges that Kansas City must address in order to develop and maintain a global leadership position.