A Primer for Now Trending: Smart Cities on December 13th

Posted On 12/02/2019 by Matt Lettelleir

On December 13th, the St. Pete Chamber will host a Now Trending: Smart Cities luncheon, presented by Duke Energy, which will feature St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Alison Barlow, Executive Director of the St. Pete Innovation District, Marva Johnson, Charter Communications’ Regional Vice President (parent company of Spectrum), and Jeff Baker, Government and Community Relations Manager for Duke Energy, for a panel discussion about the exciting advances our city is making in Smart Cities investment. The lunch will be from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Dali Museum.


In January 2019, the City of St. Petersburg was named a Smart Gigabit Community by US Ignite. According to this article by St. Pete Catalyst, “St. Petersburg joins the ranks of cities like Austin, TX and Chattanooga, TN in US Ignite’s network to share best practices and ideas to accelerate the growth of smart, connected cities.”

Entrance into the program brings visibility, economic incentives and grant funding opportunities for the city to build out its smart infrastructure and connectivity.

What are Smart Cities?

Simply put, Smart Cities improve the lives of their residents and visitors through the use of technology. Building on the “Internet of Things” (IoT) concept that all technologies can work together on a connected network, Smart Cities use sensors, actuators and other technology to share information across the city. Digital air and water quality detection, traffic monitoring, utility meters, parking management, and education technology are just a few potential components of  a “Smart City.”

How is St. Pete becoming a Smart City?

The city has partnered with Spectrum, Duke Energy, and the Innovation District to identify and prioritize projects in St. Pete. The first pilot programs for smart lighting and STEM education will be launched this winter with smart traffic (building off of bike share and park mobile) in 2020.

Want to Learn More?

Register for Now Trending: Smart Cities luncheon on December 13th at 11:30 AM at the Dali Museum in Downtown St. Pete.

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