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The Smart Technology Infrastructure Budget Balancing Act The Smart Technology Infrastructure Budget Balancing Act

The Smart Technology Infrastructure Budget Balancing Act

Local governments increasingly find themselves in a precarious balancing act to streamline costs for their utilities, water and waste management, economic development, transportation, and telecommunications infrastructure, while simultaneously trying to improve existing and new services, including public safety, K-12 education, and research facilities.
The Sunshine Coast Council Report, Smart City Framework - An Introduction to the Sunshine Coast Smart City Framework”[1] notes that as local governments seek to prioritize budgets to address these important concerns, they are faced with real challenges like aging water, sewer, and highway infrastructures; economic development competition; increasing public safety and traffic concerns; and the expectations of residents for “Google-like” services and interactions with local government. This sea of expansive and evolving city needs presents local governments with a challenging budget exercise.
Budget Balancing Challenges:
  1. How do cities balance the complex challenges of maintaining and improving existing infrastructures, city services, public safety, K-12, etc., and at the same time, reduce costs and attract new businesses and residents to the community?
  2. Can traditional approaches to managing city services and infrastructure be effective over the next 5-10 years?
  3. How will a city’s IT budgets be adjusted to compensate for the increased workload and new skillsets required to manage various Smart City infrastructure projects for all other departments?
  4. How can cities create an atmosphere of interdepartmental cooperation to reduce costs and share accumulated data and information, as well as collaborative infrastructure development planning?
  5. How can cities effectively and economically utilize constantly evolving technologies to support the transformation of yesterday’s methods of managing and building infrastructures into today’s best practices?
  6. How can cities reassess their unique locations, make-ups, and innovative energies that helped their cities grow and thrive yesterday into an even better and more adaptable community model for tomorrow?
  7. Even if cities make the investment in technological improvements to address today’s issues, how can they “future-proof” their investment? How can they know their investment is ready to support new technologies that are being developed or improved to address other goals and initiatives the city planners have envisioned?
If these or similar questions are troubling your department, seek help from Ice Miller Whiteboard.
Ice Miller Whiteboard (Whiteboard) has been involved with local government and technology infrastructure development for over 20 years. In that period of time, Whiteboard has advised city, township, county, and state governments in their efforts to prepare for the future through building and expanding public fiber networks.

Public fiber infrastructure construction is one of the few necessities for economic growth that regional political sub-divisions can agree to collaborate on.
As an independent contractor, Jeff Gamrath supports Ice Miller Whiteboard's broadband and telecommunications practice. He brings nearly 25 years of experience as a strategic leader, sales director and team manager within the wireless and fiber telecommunications industry. Jeff assists commercial businesses and government organizations in establishing control of their data and telecommunication services. He introduces clients to emerging broadband, data center and network integrators that combine to allow more customized solutions than the standard, off-the-shelf options offered by individual carriers. Jeff also advises municipal clients on how to best utilize their broadband infrastructures to allow high quality broadband, fiber and Ethernet, Smart City services to be supplied to a community’s commercial businesses, schools and public buildings.  
For more information, please contact Jeff Gamrath at 614-462-1132 or Ice Miller partner Greg Dunn at 614-462-2339, or visit
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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