Free Webinar: Smart Community Strategies for Small and Midsize Jurisdictions

Recorded On: 08/29/2019

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Despite operating on smaller budgets and facing unique challenges compared to larger municipalities such as New York or London, small and midsize jurisdictions can still implement smart community strategies through careful planning and innovative use of technology. ICMA and SIEMENS have partnered for a new white paper on this topic, featuring profiles of smart communities such as Bellevue, Washington and Milton Keynes in the United Kingdom.

In this webinar, you'll join speakers from the cities of Portland, Maine and Bellevue, Washington, along with staff members from ICMA and Siemens, as they review key findings from this white paper (available for download here). This program will cover:

  • How communities have leveraged technology to increase operational efficiencies
  • Developing partnerships and funding arrangements to share the risks and rewards of technology investments
  • Using the Internet of Things to improve service delivery
  • Promoting your community as a testing ground for new ideas

This webinar is complimentary thanks to the sponsorship of an ICMA Strategic Partner who will have access to registration information.

Lena Geraghty

Director of Innovation and Performance Management

Lena is the City of Portland's first Director of Innovation and Performance Management. She is responsible for creating efficiencies and improving processes in departments across the City and ensuring Portland is a smart and innovative community. Before coming to the City of Portland, Lena spent several years as a senior advisor for the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University. She assisted more than 30 local governments in the US and beyond to manage and use their data to make better decisions for their communities. She designed and administered in-person and online trainings for government staff members at all levels of the organization, and facilitated technical assistance engagements. Lena is an MPA graduate of UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Government, specializing in local government and performance.

Chelo Picardal

Chief Technology Officer

Ms. Picardal is the City of Bellevue’s Chief Technology Officer responsible for smart city coordination, long-term technology strategies, broadband connectivity partnerships, and infrastructure operations.  She has more than 25 years of experience in system architecture, information technology, strategic planning and project management for mission critical operations in federal and local government.  She leads a multi-disciplinary team focused on achieving Bellevue’s long-term smart city vision to create a more livable, sustainable and resilient city.  She also chairs a consortium building a robust regional fiber network connecting community institutions – schools, universities, hospitals, public safety agencies and cities.  

Jessica Johnston

Program Director

Jessica Johnston is a Program Director at ICMA on the Global Programs Team. Jessica oversees a portfolio of local government technical assistance projects and contributes regularly to ICMA’s research and content. She holds a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Chapman University and an M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon.

Peter Torrellas

Vice President and Solutions Partner for Infrastructure and Cities

Peter is the Vice President and Solutions Partner for Infrastructure and Cities at Siemens Internet of Things - his mission is to leave the world better then he found it by using technology to create Water, Energy, Building, and Transportation infrastructure that is amazing, easy to use, and good for our planet.

His last role was the Head of Smart Cities and Communities at Siemens Smart Infrastructure which had a business and strategy focus on Smart Buildings, Resilience, Sustainability, IoT, Energy Production, Energy Procurement, Energy Efficiency, and infrastructure finance. As Chief Technology Officer at Siemens Infrastructure & Cities he was at the forefront of the Smart City movement with a portfolio that included logistics, aviation, passenger and freight rail, ports, and road and city mobility. Peter has over 20 years of experience at the intersection of digital innovation and our built infrastructure. He began his passion for making our infrastructure smarter 15 years ago by successfully designing and delivering over $500M in software, hardware, and IT technology for New York City’s infrastructure.

Peter is a nationally recognized thought leader in the design and implementation of new technologies across several asset classes and has been hosted by the United Nations, World Bank Group, United Sates Conference of Mayors, National Governor's Association, National Academies of Sciences , International City and County Managers Association and many others to discuss the role of technology in our cities.


08/29/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 08/29/2019
08/29/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 08/29/2019
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1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available