New Orleans to become "Smart City?"

Council holds first meeting on "Smart and Sustainable Cities"

David Blake
September 25, 2018 - 1:02 pm

The New Orleans City Councils Smart and Sustainable Committee held it's first meeting today and members are discussing the future and how to go high tech and connect everything from utilities to sanitation, street lights to fighting crime.

There's so much to consider, said Councilwoman Cyndi Nguyen.

''I'm sitting here and saying, 'oh my god my head is spinning,' in a very positive way, but it's a conversation we really need to have,'' said Nguyen.

Nguyen is hoping entrepreneurs will come forward and help the city into the future.

Councilman Jason Williams says we need to take our time.

"We want to include citizens and community stake holders to figure out what the priorities need to be, so we can plan those things at a rate that the community wants and needs,'' Williams said.

Becoming a smart city will involve hooking up to electronics like never before and using technology that will allow New Orleans to catch up to other parts of the country that are already ahead of us.

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