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Smart Cities and Communities Act of 2017 Calls for Assistance

October 27, 2017 by Lindsay M. Miller, Partner

Smart Cities and Communities Act of 2017 Calls for Assistance

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.

The Act calls for public availability of reports, public data sets, schematics, diagrams, and other works created using a grant. This will assist with and encourage the sharing of data, technologies, and best practices that are “repeatable and scalable across cities of different sizes.”

In addition, the Act calls for the creation of a multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary Cybersecurity Working Group to “develop tools for communities to use to evaluate the cybersecurity of smart city or smart community technologies.” Members will be appointed by the Secretary of Commerce who must consider appointing consumer groups; small and large units of local governments; manufacturers of smart city or community devices, equipment, and software; individuals with expertise in communications networks; federal, state, and local law enforcement officials; individuals with other expertise necessary to carry out the duties of the Working Group; and representatives of the Council as the Secretary determines to be appropriate.

Furthermore, within 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor must create the “TechHire Workforce Training and Development Pilot Program,” which shall provide competitive grants up to $5 million to public organizations for technology-based job training and education programs that provide industry-recognized credentials.

The Act details can be found here. Ice Miller will continue to breakdown this Act and will publish additional updates here on our blog.

Lindsay Miller is an attorney in Ice Miller’s Public Affairs and Government Law Groups and a member of the Internet of Things Industry Group. Learn how to build a smarter city with Ice Miller here.

This publication is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice. The reader should consult with legal counsel to determine how laws or decisions discussed herein apply to the reader’s specific circumstances.

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