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Notes FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 13, 2016 CONTACT: Tracy Russ, SOLID; [email protected]; 704-579-0042 Ten U.S. Communities to Catalyze Smart City Projects Envision America workshop open to registered participants and press only – not open to public Charlotte, NC – Delegations from ten U.S. communities will create plans to catalyze progress on smart city projects during working sessions today at Envision America (envisionamerica.org). The delegations are paired with expert teams from corporate allies and academic partners that offer smart city technology solutions to create the catalyst plans. “Yesterday, over 250 Envision America participants learned more about what works to build smart cities as we heard from city leaders, utility partners and private sector allies. We know that partnerships, collaboration and cross-sector cooperation are key drivers of success. Today’s workshops are facilitated working sessions designed to put that knowledge to work and create catalyst plans so that every city can return home and get started,” says Amy Aussieker, Executive Director of Envision Charlotte, host organization for the Envision America workshop. Proposed city projects can be found on the Envision America website at https://envisionamerica.org/city-selection/. Communities participating in Envision America include: Cambridge, MA; Dallas, TX; Greenville, SC; Los Angeles, CA; Milwaukee, WI; New York City, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; San Diego, CA; Spokane, WA. Corporate allies participating in Envision America include: Accelerated Innovations; AT&T; Autodesk; Bank of America; Black & Veatch; Cisco; Duke Energy; Esri; GE; IBM; Intel; Itron; Landis+Gyr; Microsoft; OSIsoft, LLC; Qualcomm; SAS; ThingWorx; Wells Fargo. Envision Charlotte began in 2011, with a goal of reducing energy use by 20% within the center city over five years. Reductions of 16.1 percent across 61 buildings within the Envision Charlotte footprint were announced in June 2015, representing savings of $17 million in energy costs and putting the initiative on track to meet its goal. Duke Energy, Charlotte Center City Partners, the City of Charlotte, Cisco, Verizon Wireless, the U.S. Green Building Council, Intelligent Buildings and UNC Charlotte collaboratively created and launched Envision Charlotte. ###