August 16, 2017 | Washington, DC

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), in collaboration with the Smart Cities Council and the state of Illinois, hosted a roundtable to inform the development of a nationwide Smart States initiative. 

Building upon successful Smart Cities efforts in the U.S. and abroad, the NGA Center is seeking to launch a new effort to help states identify how they can use information and communication technology (ICT) to enhance economic development, sustainability, resilience and quality of life across urban, suburban and rural communities—all while improving the operational efficiency of state government.  NGA is partnering with the state of Illinois, a first-mover in smart states work, and the Smart Cities Council, an association of leading companies that advise governments across the globe. 

Agenda

Welcome & Introductions

  • Sue Gander, Director, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center
  • Jeff McLeod, Director, Homeland Security & Public Safety Division, NGA Center
     

Illinois: A Smart State in the Making

  • Hardik Bhatt, Chief Digital Officer & State CIO, Illinois
     

Smart Cities: The Local Experience

Facilitator:

  • Dan Lauf, Senior Policy Analyst, Environment, Energy and Transportation Division, NGA Center

Presenters:

  • David Graham, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, San Diego, CA
  • Mark Huang, Director of Economic Development, Providence, RI
     

Insights from the Innovators Behind Smart Technologies

Facilitator:

  • Dr. Stuart Cowan, Chief Scientist, Smart Cities Council

Presenters:

  • Rana Sen, Managing Director, Public Sector, Deloitte
  • Bob Borzillo, Director, Smart Cities, Itron
  • Rizwan Khaliq, Vice President, Client Engagement, IBM
  • Suzanna Mora, Director, Federal Affairs, Exelon Utilities
     

Working Lunch: State Experiences and Lessons Learned

Facilitator:

  • David Forscey, Policy Analyst, Homeland Security & Public Safety Division, NGA Center

Presenters:

  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • Wisconsin
     

Discussion: Characteristics of a “Smart State”

Facilitators:

  • Jeff McLeod, Director, Homeland Security & Public Safety Division, NGA Center
  • Dr. Stuart Cowan, Smart Cities Council

Presenters:

  • Prof. Anu Ramaswami, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Prof. Richard A. Stafford, Distinguished Service Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
     

Discussion Continued: Next Steps for an NGA Smart States Initiative

Facilitator:

  • Sue Gander, Director, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center