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Smart Region
Team Members Gannett Fleming
Blueprint Smart Region

This set of 9 regional projects is a partnership of public, private and academic organizations working at the regional level to facilitate coordination and cooperation across regions that share mutual interests, infrastructure systems, economic and social goals, and ecological and environmental concerns.


  • Eric Rensel
    Vice President at Gannett Fleming Inc.
    Mechanicsburg PA United States


Cascadia-innovation.jpg Cascadia Innovation Corridor
Municipal, academic, corporate and federal smart city activities are being coordinated across Portland, Seattle and Vancouver BC through the integration of several regional initiatives:
  • Digital City Testbed Center (DCTC), based at Portland State University (PSU), is using academic, corporate and nonprofit campuses throughout the region as test sites for evaluating smart city innovation. “Digital Corridors” are being set up on each campus.
  • Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative (CUAC) is leveraging corporate funding and faculty expertise at UBC, University of Washington and PSU to address data-intensive, policy-relevant social science issues like opioid dependence, housing affordability and transportation access
  • Cascadia Innovation Corridor (CIC) convenes annual summits of business, government and academic leaders to set a rigorous regional economic development agenda, and also has subcommittees that meet quarterly to advance specific topics. Lead organizations are Challenge Seattle, the British Columbia Business Council and the Canadian Consulate in Seattle.
EKYC.jpg Citizen App
Citizen App, the first of its kind, empower individuals to claim and legally own their data from across multiple sources, then use it securely and seamlessly in everyday life.
6 KPIs to Measure Urban Performance.png KPIs to Measure Urban Performance of 15 Min City
KPIs to Measure Urban Performance of 15 Min City
KPIs to Measure Urban Performance of 15 Min City.png KPIs to Measure Urban Performance to measure the performance of 15 Min City
6 KPIs to Measure Urban Performance of 15 Min City.
RIA Program Header.jpg Regional Infrastructure Accelerator Program
The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) is one of five organizations awarded the U.S. Department of Transportation's Build America Bureau Regional Infrastructure Accelerator (RIA) program grant in its first iteration. PNWER will use grant funds to establish a Regional Infrastructure Accelerator for the Pacific Northwest. The RIA will serve as a convener for transportation projects across the five state member region, specifically multistate and multi-jurisdictional initiatives that are needed, but lack funding for completion.
JointVentureSiliconValley.jpg Smart Region Initiative Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Joint Venture’s Smart Region Initiative is a coalition between local governments, businesses, and residents working together to improve quality of life in Silicon Valley through the targeted and holistic application of smart city technologies. The coalition builds on existing relationships with technology companies, academia, and local government leaders to drive a coordinated public-private sector effort, and mounts a highly strategic campaign to lead and transform Silicon Valley’s smart cities implementations at a regional scale.
Eagle-300x192.jpg Supercomputer Modeling and Artificial Intelligence Cluster for Smart Cities and Regions
National and International Innovation eco-system to serve challenges by using high-performance supercomputers to utilize existing and create novel Artificial Intelligence to develop Smart Cities and Region services, including resilience solutions (Net Zero Energy Buildings and Districts, Carbon Neutrality, Advanced Energy Penetration, Energy Efficiency, Advanced Mobility Solutions, Environmental Health, Public Safety, Disaster Management, V2X Electrification, Climate and Water).

This Cluster will deploy both proven, and newly devised, large-scale Smart City and Region supercomputing predictive analytics to model regional pathways into resiliency with identification of scientific and marketplace solutions to provision and deploy the right Smart City and Region solution stacks.

AI models will include the next generation of Artificial Intelligence, including Complex Systems Simulations, Emulation, and Optimization in order to create highly efficient and robust “autonomous systems” and portfolio-scale analytics and automated services. The predictive analytics developed by Innovation Corridor’s national lab partners will be part of the initial portfolio and baseline.

The Action Cluster will develop a repository of Artificial Intelligence technologies and architectures from founders (Innovation Corridor and Powering IoT) together with eco-system partners in order to fast track the next generation of automated, resilient, cyber secure, environmentally friendly and intelligence-driven distributed systems for Smart Cities and Smart Regions. In addition, new forms of Artificial Intelligence technologies and systems will be developed within this Action Cluster such as a "Personal Digital Twin" - a personal digital avatar that will purposefully and mindfully serves each citizen within a society.

Large-scale compute intensive data sets will train Artificial Intelligence solutions prior to deployment, which will be sourced from a range of partners, jurisdictions and localities and used to refine our Cluster Artificial Intelligence predictive analytics. An eco-system of cities, regions, federal research labs, private sector technology companies and universities provide a unique framework and sandbox to support the deployment of Smart Cities enabling technologies and the provision of resiliency-based and Artificial Intelligence solutions for Smart Cities and Smart Regions.

Region-PA-WV-OH.png Tri-State Region-PA-WV-OH-Food System Project
This project intends to develop and implement a plan to increase the supply of local food available to residents of the Pittsburgh food shed (200 mile radius) in several states. By using a data-driven strategic plan as a guide, it envisions a series of targeted interventions to increase the number of producers, add to the variety of the local food inventory, create and enhance aggregation entities to the distribution system, reduce choke-points in supply chains, expand the number of distribution opportunities, and organize consumer demand in ways that improve the equitability of the food system.
Whin-homepage.jpg Wabash Heartland Innovation Network - Advancing Agriculture and Manufacturing via IoT
The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN) is a consortium of 10 counties in north-central Indiana, funded by the Lilly Endowment, devoted to working together to fuel prosperity by harnessing the power of internet-enabled sensors to develop our region into a global epicenter of digital agricultural and next-generation manufacturing.


DCTC.jpg Digital City Testbed Center
The Digital City Testbed Center at Portland State University establishes a network of campuses in the Pacific Northwest where smart city technologies can be tested before being deployed in communities at large.