Denver – The Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, a first-of-its-kind initiative in the United States, officially launched today. The statewide, multi-jurisdictional, public-private coalition aims to make Colorado a leader in the development of intelligent, 21st century infrastructure, improving everything from transportation and housing to public safety and the environment for the state’s 5.5-plus million residents.
With more than three million additional people expected to move to Colorado by 2050—a more than 50 percent increase—there is an urgency for community leaders to collaborate on finding innovative, cost-effective ways to better monitor, manage and improve infrastructure and public services.
The Denver South Economic Development Partnership identified this need, and founded the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance to provide an open, collaborative and active platform where local business and citizen leaders, public officials and community stakeholders could come together in their efforts to continually improve the region’s economic foundations for future generations.
“The Colorado Smart Cities Alliance is advancing policies and technologies that will better equip Colorado residents to live, work and play in a future that is increasingly being shaped by the complex challenges of urban growth,” said Jake Rishavy, vice president of innovation at the Denver South Economic Development Partnership. “We’re working to create a 21st-century technology infrastructure right here in Colorado that will help to enhance everyone’s quality of life, particularly as our communities continue to grow. With our citizen-centered approach to design and public policy, this alliance is going to put Colorado on the map as a smart cities leader.”
A dozen cities along Colorado’s Front Range are founding members of the alliance:
- Colorado Springs
- Fort Collins
- Greenwood Village
- Lone Tree
The alliance also includes notable research partners:
- The Colorado Innovation Corridor, a partnership between Formativ and NREL, the country’s premier federally funded laboratory in advanced energy and energy efficiency and UCAR/NCAR, the nation’s premier federally funded laboratory in weather forecasting, earth sciences, and climate analysis.
- The Colorado Technology Association, a connector that brings together public organizations, academic institutions and private enterprise to advance the tech ecosystem across the state ensure Colorado leads the way in smart city innovation.
The University of Colorado, a premier public research university and the largest institution of higher education in the state, is the alliance academic partner. CU Denver, Colorado’s only public urban research university, will lead the university’s efforts for the alliance.
Colorado’s largest company by revenue, global technology-solutions provider Arrow Electronics is serving as a technology advisor to the alliance, helping member cities design and pilot projects. Arrow is also building a platform where alliance members can securely share, aggregate and analyze data while piloting and improving upon smart cities projects.
Learn more about the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance: http://denversouthedp.org/launching-a-statewide-alliance-on-smart-cities/.
Alliance Member Quotes:
Arvada Mayor Marc Williams:
“The City is thrilled to be a founding partner in the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance. We know that the utilization of Smart Cities’ technologies is crucial in order for our community to remain economically competitive. Beyond the economic advantages, we believe that the continued health and vitality of Arvada requires us to embrace applications that will make all of our lives simpler and richer.”
Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon:
“It is exciting to join our regional partners in the creation of a statewide, multi-jurisdictional collaborative to accelerate smart cities technologies in Colorado. Developing and sharing best practices around the application of smart cities technologies, policies and initiatives will promote innovation and success. As a founding member of Smart Cities Alliance, we look forward to improving the quality of life in Centennial and for all Coloradans.”
Eric Drummond, president of global strategy for Formativ, founders of the Innovation Corridor:
“The Innovation Corridor was designed from the ground up to utilize the world-class resources found only within the nation’s premier federally funded labs on behalf of a broad range of key potential partners, including governmental entities like the Smart Cities Alliance.
“The assets of the Innovation Corridor are truly unique, including operating two of the world’s fastest high-performance super computers, managing a one-of-kind lab with the capability to test energy systems and innovations at scale, labs able to analyze and model virtually every sort of critical weather and climate condition that might impact communities and society, all with the capacity to tackle the world’s most challenging problems in the areas of energy generation, energy efficiency, carbon mitigation, and climate adaptation. All of these assets, as well as access to the world’s finest researchers in their respective subject matters areas can be at the disposal of the alliance members. The Innovation Corridor looks forward to partnering with Denver South and alliance members to develop best practices around the design and deployment of smart cities technologies.”
Andrea Young, president and CEO at Colorado Technology Association:
“We need to pursue innovative solutions in the midst of intense growth to maintain Colorado's high quality of life. That's why we're thrilled to be part of a statewide collaboration that seeks out forward-looking technologies to benefit our diverse communities.”
CU Denver Chancellor Dorothy Horrell:
“CU has a host of research and programs focused on urban issues, and we’re excited to contribute our expertise and the rigor of our faculty and student researchers to this effort. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our university and for our state.”
Aiden Mitchell, vice president of global IoT solutions at Arrow Electronics:
“Arrow looks forward to collaborating with the members of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance and helping to guide smart cities pilot projects forward with our full suite of technology solutions, and our smart cities design and engineering expertise.”
About the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance:
The Colorado Smart Cities Alliance is a statewide, multi-jurisdictional collaboration of public, private and academic organizations committed to accelerating the adoption of smart cities projects, policies and initiatives in their respective communities. Founded in 2017 by the Denver South Economic Development Partnership, the group benefits its respective citizens and stakeholders by enhancing community quality of life through citizen-centered design and public policy, as well as through the deployment of 21st century technology infrastructure.
About Denver South Economic Development Partnership:
Denver South Economic Development Partnership, a 35-year-old non-profit public-private partnership, is committed to providing visionary economic development leadership, civic involvement and positive business advocacy in a non-partisan and collaborative manner. The organization’s mission is to continuously improve the region’s economy and world class quality of life. Among other roles, Denver South functions as a Smart City technology scout to its constituent communities, including two counties and four cities (City and County of Denver, Greenwood Village, Centennial and Lone Tree. Arapahoe and Douglas Counties).
Jake Rishavy (Colorado Smart Cities Alliance & DSEDP)
Laura Parker (CU)
(303) 315-6374; (703) 835-5875
Meghan Macdonald (Arrow)
(303) 824-4589; (202) 577-5661