The White House announced today that Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas have been selected as lead cities in the White House Smart City Initiative. They will host two meetings in 2017 that bring together leading public and private sector organizations to tackle challenges too big for any single city team to tackle.
The two cities were selected based on a proposal submitted in collaboration with KC Digital Drive—a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to increasing Kansas City’s profile in the digital industry.
Kansas City, Missouri’s Mayor Sly James said, “Today’s announcement by the White House is further validation that Kansas City continues to be a global leader in civic innovation.”
Mark Holland, Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, added that participation in this initiative, “will help us create smarter, healthier communities.”