/PRNewswire/ — Fira de Barcelona and Smart City Expo World Congress, the world’s leading summit for cities and smart urban solutions, are partnering with the African American Mayors Association, the National League of Cities, Miami-Dade County Mayor, Daniella Levine Cava.
With U.S. cities and states receiving hundreds of millions of dollars for roads, bridges, transit, rail, electric vehicle charging stations, power grids, waste and water infrastructure, broadband, and more from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), Smart City Expo USA is the largest and most high-profile event for cities to address historic inequities through technology.
Smart City Expo USA is committed to redefining “smart” cities as communities that have no homelessness, hunger, or poverty.
Smart City Expo USA is committed to redefining “smart” cities as communities that have no homelessness, hunger, or poverty. Smart cities have access to quality healthcare, broadband, housing, energy, education, clean air and water, transportation, public safety, the ballot box, and an opportunity to build generational wealth. These are the elements of a free and functioning democracy.
“I am honored to serve as the Chairperson of Smart City Expo USA and to convene global leaders on the importance of redefining “smart cities”, particularly here in the United States where historically underserved communities now have the chance to leapfrog into the future through the equitable and ethical use of blockchain, AI, big data, and other frontier.
technologies,” said Hardie Davis, Jr., Mayor, City of Augusta and Chair, Smart City Expo USA.
“Miami-Dade is laying the foundation to build equitable and sustainable Smart City solutions for future-ready communities where all residents have access to the resources they need to prosper and thrive,” said Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor, Miami-Dade County. “We welcome Smart City Expo USA and leaders from across the globe to build together a new era of smart cities where equity and inclusion are the driving engines for infrastructure, entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation.”
“Miami is leading the way on building an inclusive tech and innovation economy and we are so pleased to be partnering with Fira de Barcelona to host Smart City Expo USA, the country’s leading event for cities, in September,” said Francis X. Suarez, Mayor,City of Miami and President, U.S. Conference of Mayors. “Every company today—from cars and banks to governments—is now a tech company and we look forward to collaborating with government officials, corporations, VCs, NGOs, and entrepreneurs on issues of blockchain and cryptocurrency, urban air mobility, electrification, AI/edge technology, big data, climate resiliency, education equity, the future of work, functional zero for chronic homelessness, and other key areas to build cities of tomorrow, today.”
Miami is on an accelerated path to become a model for smart cities across the country and we are proud that it has counted on Fira de Barcelona to contribute to its transformation as we have already done with other cities around the world,” said Ricard Zapatero, International Business Director, Fira de Barcelona.
Leading global government officials, CEOs, NGOs, innovators, and entrepreneurs seeking to protect critical infrastructure, increase global competitiveness, and significantly reduce the country’s racial wealth and equity gap, will focus on equity-centered AI, predictive analytics, sensors, heat maps, broadband, the cloud, edge computing, blockchain, the metaverse, and open data. They will look to build resilience against the here and now and invisible 21st century threats of pandemics, cyberattacks, climate change, and as sociologist and Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Dr. Ruha Benjamin, states, the “New Jim Code”.
“To put it simply, smart cities are the future of our nation. They bring forth the promise of a more connected, more sustainable, and more efficient future where technology is harnessed to improve each sector of our civil society and uplift all our communities, regardless of zip code or income-level. Now, in particular, as the federal government makes bold investments in infrastructure projects across the nation, we must work to ensure that smart infrastructure is put in place to serve as the backbone for smart city services that will finally transport us into the 21st century. This includes ensuring that smart sensors, 5G, and blockchain technology is imbedded at the onset of new projects, rather than as an afterthought,” said Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Congressional Smart Cities Caucus.
“At the Export-Import Bank of the United States, we are committed to fostering global competitiveness through U.S. exports in clean energy, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotech and biomedical, and climate-friendly technologies, to name a few. I look forward to further deepening our engagement with local and state officials and to supporting the efforts of the brilliant innovators and entrepreneurs at Smart City Expo USA,” said Reta Jo Lewis, President and Chair, Export-Import Bank of the United States.
“Smart City Expo USA is ensuring the most diverse voices are at the table to build an inclusive and sustainable tomorrow. We are thrilled to convene visionary entrepreneurs and leading government officials ready to deploy billions of dollars in federal funds towards next-gen infrastructure and technology to build resiliency and efficiencies, bridge racial wealth, equity, and opportunity gaps, upskill communities, advance global competitiveness, and future proof cities against historic inequities,” said Aarti Tandon, CEO, Smart City Expo USA.
“As President of the African American Mayors Association, I agree with Smart City Expo USA that cities are not “smart” if there is homelessness, hunger, or poverty,” said Frank Scott, Jr., Mayor, City of Little Rock and President, African American Mayors Association. “Armed with ARP and IIJA funds, I look forward to engaging with next-gen innovators and.
entrepreneurs who can assist us in addressing climate violence, increasing education equity, advancing new mobility options, and bring our communities into the 21st century.”
“The National League of Cities is proud to partner with Smart City Expo USA. With rural areas and urban cities set to receive close to $1T for infrastructure, and the country at a true inflection point around equity, race, and justice, the future of work, health, housing, climate change, education, AI, security, urban planning, and ESG investments, Smart City Expo USA is committed to helping cities of all sizes address historic inequities while preparing them for tomorrow.” Vince Williams, Mayor, Union City and President, National League of Cities.
“The State Department is committed to placing democracy renewal at the heart of the Administration’s Summit for Democracy Year of Action. Democracy renewal not only means protecting democratic institutions or access to the ballot box, but also uplifting underserved communities, creating equitable and sustainable development, fostering new economic opportunity, and developing safe public spaces. The Department is excited to connect with mayors, governors, businesses, and civil society who will attend Smart City Expo USA and discuss innovative solutions that will strengthen democracy renewal efforts locally and globally,” said Danny Ricchetti, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of State.