National League of Cities Multi-City Innovation Campaign Winners To Begin Pilots in Partner Cities
WASHINGTON—The National League of Cities (NLC) announced that two companies—BlueLight and Ride Report—received the most votes for their civic tech solutions by more than 20 cities participating in the Multi-City Innovation Campaign. The companies, which were voted best among 10 finalists, will receive funding to launch pilot trials of their solutions in several cities participating in the campaign. The initial results were announced last month at the White House Smart Cities Summit.
"When cities work together with partners in the private sector, we see amazing and innovative solutions to common challenges that many cities face," said National League of Cities (NLC) CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony. "The Multi-City Innovation Campaign is a great way for our partner cities to see what new tech solutions are available and for the companies providing the solutions to get city feedback on their products."
BlueLight and Ride Report help cities improve critical infrastructure and public safety. BlueLight improves access to 911 services by providing advanced location sharing to emergency responders. Ride Report's smartphone app and low cost sensors allow cities to make better decisions about biking infrastructure by providing rich data and analytics tools. The products will each begin testing or pilots in the following seven cities, including: Atlanta, Ga.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Memphis, Tenn.; Mountain View, Calif.; Nashville, Tenn.; Palo Alto, Calif.; and Raleigh, N.C.
Earlier this year, NLC released the 2015 State of the Cities analysis of mayoral "state of the city" addresses, which revealed that economic development, infrastructure and public safety were the top three topics addressed by mayors. Cities are partnering with private sector companies to benefit from civic innovations that address challenges in these areas.
The Multi-City Innovation Campaign was created by city employees from Nashville, Raleigh, Boston and Palo Alto in 2014 to serve as a platform for developers, innovators and community leaders to build scalable and sustainable solutions that will change the way that cities communicate with their community members and provide information to citizens about resources. NLC expanded the program this year to 25 communities to prove that cities can work with the entrepreneurial ecosystem in new ways to improve public and community health and spur quality innovation. The Multi-City Innovation Campaign 2016 will launch in the spring.
The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.