Smart Communities Public-Private Partnership

5/14/2019

NCSL Foundation logo.The NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures is undertaking an exciting new effort on smart communities (cities/states/regions), which will provide project partners with a chance to engage with lawmakers on ways to leverage technology and information to improve quality of life, economic opportunity and security for those who live in cities and surrounding areas. 

As cities and regions grow, they often struggle to meet increased resource demands while remaining productive, inviting and accessible.

Smart communities utilize advances in transportation, energy, and information technology to enhance a city’s livability, productivity, sustainability and resilience. State policies that enable and promote the intelligent implementation of emerging communications, transportation and energy technologies, and the public-private partnerships that can leverage these technologies, can help states access a variety of economic and livability benefits.

The Smart Communities Foundation Partnership brings together state legislators, legislative staff and private sector representatives to explore the policies and programs that can create smart communities, and explores the role that states can play in coordinating and encouraging these advancements.

Steering Committee Members

Co-Chairs

  • Senator Jeff Bridges (D-Colo.), Colorado Senate
  • Former Representative Tom Sloan (R-Kan.), former member of the Kansas House of Representatives
  • Representative Diane St. Onge (R-Ky.), House Small Business and Information Technology Committee Chair, Kentucky Legislature

Members

  • Senator Jeff Brandes (R-Fla.), Senate Ethics and Elections Committee Vice Chair, Florida Legislature
  • Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D-S.C.), House Ways and Means Committee Second Vice Chair, South Caroline Legislature
  • Senator Bill DeSteph (R-Va.), Senate of Virginia
  • Senator Louis DiPalma (D-R.I.), Rhode Island General Assembly
  • Senator Curt Friesen (NP-Neb.), Senate Transportation and Telecommunications Chair, Nebraska Legislature
  • Representative Pat Garofalo (R-Minn.), House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee Chair, Minnesota Legislature
  • Representative Stephen Handy (R-Utah), House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee Chair, Utah State Legislature
  • Senator Michael Hastings (D-Ill.), Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Chair, Illinois General Assembly
  • Senator Lorraine Inouye (D-Hawaii), Senate Transportation and Energy Committee Chair, Hawaii State Legislature
  • Representative Jeff Morris (D-Wash.), House Technology and Economic Development Committee Chair, Washington State Legislature
  • Representative Don Parsons (R-Ga.), House Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications Committee Chair, Georgia General Assembly

Legislative Staff Members

  • Manuel Geraldo, Council of District of Columbia
  • Jason Powell, Virginia General Assembly
  • Michael Queensland, Wisconsin Legislature

Private Partners
Logo Partner Contact Title
American Electric Power Sherri Monteith Director, Public Policy
The Charles Koch Institute Jesse Blumenthal Manager, Technology & Innovation
Charter Communications Gary Underwood Regional Vice President, State Government Affairs
Deloitte Caroline Hegeman Senior Manager, Government Relations
Edison Electric Institute Taylor Beis Director, Political Affairs
NCTA—The Internet & Television Association Rick Cimerman Vice President, External & State Affairs
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Jason Linde

Vice President, Political Affairs

The Reason Foundation Adrian Moore Vice President of Policy
Siemens Tom Phillips Senior Director, State and Local Government Affairs
T-Mobile Dan Leary Director, State Legislative Affairs
Wireless Infrastructure Association Arturo Chang State Government Affairs Counsel

 

Spring Planning Meeting, May 10, 2018 | Denver, Colo.

The steering committee held its spring planning meeting on Thursday, May 10, in Denver at the JW Marriott Denver in Cherry Creek in conjunction with NCSL's 2018 Spring Executive Committee meeting. The steering committee discussed and examined the major public policy issues related to the energy, transportation and communications sectors that impact the ability of states to develop smart communities, with a focus on the energy, transportation and communication sectors. The meeting also explored barriers to smart community development and policies that can overcome these barriers.

For more information on the meeting, including meeting resources, please visit the meeting website.

2018 Legislative Summit, July 30 - Aug. 2 | Los Angeles, Calif.

Members of the steering committee were invited to meet for an informal lunch Monday, July 30 to discuss the upcoming December meeting and potential session topics. NCSL also held several Smart Communities related sessions and events on Monday, July 30 and Tuesday, July 31. Sessions included how intelligent energy infrastructure—such as smart buildings, smart lighting and smart electric grids—are altering how we use and manage energy (read the blog on this session here), how devices are becoming increasingly interconnected and how broadband service providers are preparing to support the increased demand on networks and the current regulations of drones and anticipated state policy trends. 

For more information on sessions, including resources and presentations, please visit the 2018 Legislative Summit website.

Winter Planning Meeting, Dec. 4, 2018 | Washington, D.C.

The Smart Communities Public-Private Partnership held its winter meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018,, in Washington, D.C., at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in conjunction with the 2018 NCSL Capitol Forum. The steering committee discussed and examined the major public policy issues related to the energy, transportation and communications sectors that affect the ability of states to develop smart communities. The a focus was on the energy, transportation and communication sectors. The meeting also explored barriers to smart community development and policies that can overcome these barriers.

For more information on sessions, including resources and presentations, please visit the meeting website.

Smart Communities Summit, May 14-16, 2019 | Columbus, Ohio

The Smart Communities Summit was a two-and-a-half-day, invitation-only meeting hosted by the Smart Communities Public-Private Partnership which explored many of the elements that create a smart community and the economic and social benefits that smart communities can provide. The meeting focused on energy, transportation and communications technologies. The Summit investigated governance and finance approaches, data sharing and privacy issues, and the role that legislators can play in promoting smart communities. Attendees were provided with the rare opportunity to spend time exploring the technologies, policies and recent developments surrounding smart communities.

For more information on sessions, including resources and presentations, please visit the meeting website.

Additional Resources