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Chicago Taskforce on Innovation and Technology brings together a coalition of public and private sector organisations to resolve Chicago’s most critical issues.

The City of Chicago is launching the Chicago Taskforce on Innovation and Technology (CTIT) to advance new solutions in public safety, smart government, and connected infrastructure.

The CTIT brings together a coalition of public and private sector organisations to resolve Chicago’s most critical issues, from public safety to infrastructure.

It said the primary objective of the CTIT is to improve technology for city issues and services. This taskforce will maximise efficiency and sustainability by harnessing the potential of emerging technologies.

Smarter, connected Chicago

This initiative is championed by mayor Brandon Johnson and supported by Alderman Gilbert Villegas, chairman of the Committee of Economic, Capital, and Technology Development, and John Roberson, chief operating officer for the City of Chicago. George Burciaga of Elevate Cities will provide oversight to the CTIT.

“Innovation and technology are central to our vision for a better, stronger, safer Chicago that results in a smarter and more connected Chicago,” said mayor Brandon Johnson. "We are committed to improving our city and serving as a partner for collaboration with other municipalities that share our goals and ideals around advancement in this sector.”

The CTIT will focus on five areas for transformation:

  • Enhancing resident safety
  • Fostering community trust
  • Advancing critical infrastructure 
  • Optimising efficiency cost modelling
  • Streamlining city operations.

To accelerate the development of ideas, the CTIT will collaborate with other cities, identify new revenue streams for long-term growth, and determine scalability of solutions to meet the unique needs of Chicago’s diverse communities.

“As chief operating officer for the City of Chicago, I am excited to work alongside the Taskforce in rethinking what’s possible for our city," said Roberson.

“The establishment of a new department, the Department of Technology and Innovation, is a critical first step towards that goal. We have a responsibility to residents to focus on optimisation and efficiency, with technology serving as a powerful tool.”

Alderman Gilbert Villegas added: “Together with our partners in government and the private sector, we will use innovation to better support every Chicago resident. Our goal is to replicate success across city departments and communities.”

The CTIT invites external subject matter experts from both the public and private sectors to join in shaping the future of Chicago.


Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 27.10.2023

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