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Consultancy aims to build more connected cities

The company has a unique framework and methodology that initiates the groundwork to scale and replicate

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Ignite is focused on building scalable solutions and partnerships with mayors
Ignite is focused on building scalable solutions and partnerships with mayors

The global consulting practice, Ignite Cities, has announced a Connected City consulting practice that will collaborate with mayors to build more connected and engaging cities.

 

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Ignite has spent many years designing solutions for cities and is led by George Burciaga, a globally connected city architect and government relations expert in digital city transformation, government efficiencies, and smart city modelling.

 

It deploys a unique framework and methodology that initiates the groundwork to not only scale but also replicate and develop profitability for cities.

 

Connecting to improve lives

 

Burciaga said his purpose hasn’t changed and the practice is challenging “everyone to improve” the way people live by connecting devices, people, and services. “I’ve spent 18 years with cities across the world; our team’s focus is on providing the platform and framework required for the collaboration necessary to resolve critical city issues, driven by mayors around the world.”

 

He added that “replicating is required”, with the final process to develop profitability. Ignite has broken down the profitability requirement for cities into three key elements: new revenue, defined efficiencies, and actual sustainability. With only 29 per cent of public sector tech projects and city infrastructure remaining successful today, the industry is in dire need of a reliable solution.

“Our team’s focus is on providing the platform and framework required for the collaboration necessary to resolve critical city issues, driven by mayors around the world”

Ignite is focused on building scalable solutions and partnerships with mayors and leading technology firms, in order to resolve priority mayoral issues, such as homelessness, tomorrow’s workforce, education, safety, plus mobility and infrastructure.

 

It will engage mayors to realign smart city solutions that scale within and across cities and is currently partnered with a number of mayors across the US, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Stephen K Benjamin, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

 

“Ignite is in a unique and strategic space as they target those who are at the centre of the equation to ensure results,” said Mayor Benjamin, who also serves as president of the United States Conference of Mayors. "In order to align purpose across departments and a methodology that will succeed, I am excited to support Ignite in anticipation of how they’ll be able to help and guide cities.”

 

Partnerships will challenge everything

 

The collaboration across cities is required, with partnerships that challenge everything, said Ignite. Ignite is managing the process to think bigger than 5G while giving it a purpose that delivers measurable success to improve the lives of people including the City of Los Angeles.

 

“Los Angeles is a capital of innovation and creativity, where we know that cutting-edge technology can offer smart solutions to everything from city services and transportation, to public safety, sustainability, and economic development,” said Mayor Garcetti.

 

“Our partnership with Ignite will help us build a more connected, dynamic, and engaged city, with an infrastructure designed to meet the challenges of today and the opportunities of the future.”

 

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