by Joe Iannello, President, Austin CityUP and VP CIO, Capital Metro
Welcome to the 2018 edition of Austin CityUP! This is really a great time to be in Austin and there are so many transformational opportunities that will literally change and improve the way residents and visitors will experience this great city and surrounding area. As you know, Austin CityUp exists as a non-profit, public/private consortium to help facilitate the realization of some of these opportunities.
I would very much like to thank our board of directors, who in early February, 2018, elected me to be the new president of Austin CityUP. We are fortunate to have a great group of talented and experienced individuals who are members and those who serve on our board of directors and in our management group.
Congratulations to the team at the Center for Music Therapy! Their Movement Tracks project, dedicated to creating new methods in music and biotech to help people walk again, is a finalist in the Health, Med, and Biotech category of SXSW's third annual Interactive Innovation Awards presented by KPMG. Each year, this competitive category recognizes the new technology that best improves the quality, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care in health and medicine.
Austin CityUP members and followers, Austinites, and other aficionados of smart cities:
Austin CItyUP Consortium was hard at work in 2017, our first full year. We secured our first funding, an award for an affordable housing database development project. We started several other collaborative projects that are in design phases, applied for project grants, and laid a strong foundation for achieving our ultimate vision of a comprehensive, integrated, inclusive, sustainable and evolving smart city infrastructure in Austin.
By Jay Boisseau
We have built a strong smart city consortium in Austin, with more than 50 companies and organizations (local, national, and global), City of Austin departments, and interested individuals coming together in support of a shared Austin CityUP vision: to create the world’s first truly comprehensive, integrated, inclusive, sustainable, and evolving smart city infrastructure. We have perhaps the largest such consortium in the world, with vast aggregate expertise, and we are now designing and developing projects to address civic issues and improve the quality of life in Austin. One project addressing affordable housing has already achieved some initial funding, and several other projects are under way.
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