The buzz: “Building a smart city? Follow the money.” (Alexander Winter, placemeter.com, 7/6/16)
News flash: The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) latest 2013 report card on America’s infrastructure graded it a D+ and estimated US$ 3.6 trillion of investment is needed by 2020.
No surprise, their March 2017 report will show what we all know: traditional sources of financing are often inadequate.
How do City leaders find the resources to provide municipal services? We’ll ask practitioners from public private partnerships in the developed world and Global South.
The experts speak.
Gert Christen, City Innovate Foundation: “Managing urban areas has become one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century.” (John Wilmoth)
Andrew Mack, AMGlobal Consulting: “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” (Wilma Rudolph)
Jennifer Sanders, Dallas Innovation Alliance: “I’m tired of my own complaints. I need to get some new thoughts.” (As Good As It Gets, 1997 film, character Simon Bishop – Greg Kinnear, to character Carol Connelly – Helen Hunt)
Marlyn Zelkowitz, SAP: “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” (Sir Isaac Newton)
Join us for Keys to A Smart City: Public Private Partnerships #P3.