Building a SMART Community Brings Economic Success
Smart Communities embrace technology as the key to their economic future. The first step in building a smart community is defining the elements of a smart community and what the economic benefits are from achieving that status.
The economic benefits of becoming a smart community are substantial. Successful technology based economic development is a well-established, five drivers of regional economic success—along with advanced manufacturing, global trade, advanced services and energy. Successful regional technology economies are built on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics occupations. STEM occupations consist of nearly 100 specific occupations consisting of 6 percent of U.S. employment counting nearly 8,000,000 jobs. STEM jobs are high-wage positions paying on average $77,880 and only four of the 97 STEM occupations had mean wages below the U.S. average of $43,460. The creation of smart community operating systems for cities also suggests substantial economic gain. According to a study by Accenture, Smart City solutions applied to the management of vehicle traffic and electrical grids could produce $160 billion benefits and savings through reductions in energy usage, traffic congestion and fuel costs.
Ohio has reached a milestone in the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge with the conclusion of the Idea Phase and the awarding of prize money for the five most innovative concepts to address drug abuse and addiction. Ohio put out a call for anyone with a technology solution to share their idea. Hundreds of average citizens, researchers, caregivers and service providers from across Ohio, the U.S. and nine countries participated, submitting bold and creative ideas that identify ways to accelerate solutions.read more
Jennifer Syx, President of inSITE Advisory Group, has been named a recipient of an “Achievement in Excellence” award by the National Sales & Marketing Executives (NSME) as part of their annual “Accent on Excellence” awards program, recognizing outstanding achievements by Sales and Marketing professionals in the Akron/Canton area. Awards will be presented on February 27 at Tangiers in Akron.read more
The Ohio Export Internship Program, a partnership between the Ohio Development Services Agency, Cleveland State University, The Ohio State University, and Youngstown State University, will match college students, who have taken export-focused coursework, to Ohio companies looking to pursue export opportunities. Half of the intern wages will be reimbursed, up to $3,600.read more