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As local governments strive to create smart, safe, comfortable cities, careful planning and alternate funding mechanisms are putting infrastructure improvements within financial reach.

 

GETTING STARTED: APPROACHING AND FUNDING SMART IMPROVEMENTS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

How often do you get to build a city from the ground up—every building, street, light pole and operating system? That’s exactly what Johnson Controls is doing, in partnership with Hall of Fame Village LLC. In an historic 18-year contract, the two organizations are creating the first sports and entertainment “smart” city, which will carry the name Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village.

 

The one-of-a-kind campus will include a luxury hotel, stadium, upgraded Pro Football Hall of Fame museum, virtual reality amusement area, assisted living facility, sports research and medical center, retail and restaurants, indoor sports facility and a youth sports complex. Just as important are the smart technologies that will bring the city to life—technologies related to heating and cooling, fire and security, lighting, the fan experience and scoreboard, and a building- and campus-wide operating system. The operating system will allow window shades to adjust according to the movement of the sun, lights to dim as more natural light enters rooms, employees to control cubicle temperature and security cameras to capture faces of people entering and exiting buildings as identification badges appear on monitoring screens.

 

Similar building automation systems are being introduced throughout the country as cities undertake technology upgrades and infrastructure improvements, all in an effort to create smart, safe, comfortable spaces that attract and retain residents, workers and business. But efforts like this are only as good as the planning that goes into them and the funding mechanisms that support them.

 

That’s where Johnson Controls can help, first by working with cities to identify challenges and prioritize short- and long-term goals and objectives. Goals vary from city to city, but typically address safety and mobility improvements, climate change, growth and smarter, more efficient infrastructure.

 

Johnson Controls also offers a variety of funding mechanisms to finance projects associated with these goals. Funding options include energy performance contracts (EPC), public-private partnerships (P3) and technology contracts. The company can also help local governments apply for grants and rebates often available through federal assistance programs. By using one of these approaches, cities can often avoid unpopular tax increases and floating bonds to pay for performance infrastructure and technology upgrades.

 

The result? Comfortable, secure, sustainable environments and a performance infrastructure that runs smartly and reliably, contributing to a thriving city brand and engaged citizens and business.

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Lisa Brown, Senior National Director, Local Government and Municipal Infrastructure

Lisa Brown joined Johnson Controls in 2003 and in 2011 was named regional sales director for North East Solutions. She moved into her current position in 2014 and is responsible for growth of the local government market in North America. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College.

Contact us at 855-978-6926, and let us help you launch projects that will attract and retain the residents, workers and business that bring a city to life.

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