U.S. Smart Cities: Trends and Opportunities

Montgomery County, Maryland and the city of Southlake, Texas may be miles apart, but they have a lot in common. Both are early adopters of smart technology for their jurisdictions. Join ICMA and the Smart Cities Council as we welcome them for a webinar that will address emerging trends and opportunities in smart cities practices, policies, and procurement. 

 Register for this webinar to hear the experts as they review barriers, key sectors, and innovations in smart city trends based on a 2016 survey of U.S. cities and counties.

Audience: Local government managers, assistant managers, and economic development directors

You and your staff will learn about:

  • Trends in the field as revealed by the 2016 smart cities survey
  • Sector priorities – from public safety to energy to transportation
  • Perceived benefits – from economic development to enhanced services for residents
  • Case studies from Montgomery County and the city of Southlake

Stuart Cowan

Chief Scientist, Smart Cities Council

Dr. Stuart Cowan has 20 years of experience with the use of systems of systems sustainability models at scales ranging from buildings to cities to regions. As chief scientist for the Smart Cities Council, he works with cities and leading smart cities solutions providers around the world to further strategic frameworks, tools, and knowledge models for smart cities. As Co-Founder of Autopoiesis LLC, he has used systems approaches to advance resilient and regenerative buildings and regions for companies including GE and Skanska along with government and non-profit clients. He is the co-author of Ecological Design, a standard reference on whole systems approaches to architecture, planning, and product design. He has taught at U.C. Berkeley, Portland State University, and the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. He holds a doctorate in Applied Mathematics from U.C. Berkeley, where he focused on nonlinear dynamics and complex adaptive systems.

​Dan Hoffman

Chief Innovation Officer, Montgomery County, Maryland

Dan Hoffman is the first Chief Innovation Officer for Montgomery County, Maryland, a position he has held since October 2012. He is responsible for creating and maintaining strategies and programs that generate innovative ideas in Montgomery County. The program he oversees serves as a laboratory for civic improvement and a safe place to test out new processes, technologies and ideas. He manages projects on a broad range of topics, from the Internet of Things (IoT) to autism technology to food security and more. Prior to his time at Montgomery County he was an appointee at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a recognized expert on open data, civic engagement and IoT policy. He holds degrees from The George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University.

Jelani Newton

Director of survey Research, ICMA

Jelani Newton is director of survey Research at the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). His team collects information on the priorities and activities of local governments in the U.S. and around the world, in order to develop and disseminate information and resources that support improved local government management. Jelani’s professional experience includes serving as strategic planning and performance manager for the city of Miami, FL. He has also supported local government management and budget strategy as a private consultant.

​Alison Ortowski

Assistant city manager, City of Southlake, Texas

Alison Ortowski is the assistant city manager and director of economic development and tourism for the city of Southlake, Texas. She has an MPA from the University of North Texas and is a 2012 Leadership ICMA graduate. Alison is also a Senior Executive Institute Graduate of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia.


Open to view video.
Open to view video. 90 minutes
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available