October 2017

Smart Cities and Communities Act of 2017 Calls for Assistance

October 27, 2017 by Lindsay M. Miller, Associate
As referenced in a prior blog, the Smart Cities and Communities Act of 2017 (S.1904) was recently introduced by Senator Cantwell. The Act calls for the establishment of $100 million grant program for each fiscal year, 2018 through 2022, for local governments to fund up to 50 percent of demonstration projects focused on advanced smart city technologies and systems. 


FDA Software Precertification Program: Fast Track to Regulating “Software as a Medical Device?”

October 24, 2017 by Kimberly C. Metzger, Partner
In July, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its innovative Software Precertification Pilot Program (#FDAPreCert on social media) to evaluate a more efficient, risk-based approach to regulating digital health technology (DHT). The program is limited to software as a medical device (SaMD), software that performs its intended medical purpose independently of a hardware medical device. This is not to be confused with software in a medical device (SiMD, software embedded in a medical device) or medical device data systems (MDDS, technologies that receive, transmit, store, or display data from medical devices). The pilot will test precertification of a limited pool of SaMD developers with a demonstrated record of high-quality software design and testing.


Albert Lin to Discuss Diversity and Inclusion on Upcoming OSU Panel

October 24, 2017

Ice Miller partner Albert Lin is participating in the luncheon panel discussion, “Seeking to Grow an Inclusive Law Firm Culture” at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law today.



Greg Dunn and Lindsay Miller to Present at Smart Regions Conference

October 23, 2017
Attorneys Greg Dunn and Lindsay Miller are speakers at the upcoming Smart Regions Conference on Oct. 25 at the BB&T Arena in Newport, Ky. In its first year, the Midwest Internet of Things (IoT) Showcase and Smart Regions Conference includes speakers, presentations, awards and a number of exhibitions, as well as a professional drone race.


Jeff Lewis to Participate in Public-Private Partnerships Webcast Next Week

October 19, 2017
Partner Jeff Lewis lends his public-private partnerships (P3s) experience as a panel speaker in the upcoming live webcast, “Addressing Opportunities and Challenges in Public-Private Partnership.” The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series will host the webcast on Oct. 25 from 3-5 p.m.


Smart Cities and Communities Act of 2017 Introduced

October 17, 2017 by Lindsay M. Miller, Associate
On Oct. 2, 2017, Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA] introduced the Smart Cities and Communities Act of 2017 (S.1904) to “promote smart technologies and systems to improve community livability, services, communication, safety, mobility, energy productivity, and resilience to natural and manmade disasters, to reduce costs, traffic congestion, and air pollution, and to promote economic growth and opportunities for communities of all sizes…”


Ice Miller Partner Kip Tew Serves as Judge at Smart Cities Council Conference in Washington, D.C.

October 13, 2017 by Kipper V. Tew, Partner
Last week, Ice Miller partner Kip Tew was fortunate to be a judge in the Innovation Alley of the Smart Cities Council Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Eight entities pitched their ideas before four judges. The criteria for evaluation included innovation of course, but also considered ideas that would strengthen community infrastructure, improve the quality of life, were helpful in providing transparency (of information, decision making and policy) and promoted economic opportunity.


Nick Merker and Lindsay Miller to Present on Autonomous Vehicles at IoT Summit

October 9, 2017
On Oct. 18, Ice Miller attorneys Nick Merker and Lindsay Miller will present "Rules of the Road: State and Local Government Considerations for Autonomous Vehicle Initiatives" at the Internet of Things (IoT) Summit Chicago. Nick and Lindsay will be joined by Robert Schill of HERE Technologies.


Municipal Finance Team Attends Bond Attorneys' Workshop in Chicago

October 5, 2017
This week, 15 Ice Miller attorneys—three of whom are workshop panelists—gathered in Chicago for the 42nd Annual Bond Attorneys’ Workshop (BAW) with the National Association of Bond Lawyers. This year’s event takes place from Oct. 4-6 at the Fairmont Chicago.


Ice Miller Sponsors ConVerge Business Accelerate Entrepreneur Training Program

October 3, 2017 by Dean J. Leffelman, Partner
Ice Miller is proud to sponsor the ConVerge Business Accelerate Entrepreneur Training Program. The eight-week training program is designed to help business owners grow their businesses. The once-a-week workshops, starting in October, will be led by industry experts and will provide resources to help business owners re-invigorate their company, make the growth process easier and achieve the next level in business success.


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