The City of Orlando is highly regarded as an early adopter of innovations in technology and sustainability that benefit its residents and communities. The City has set an ambitious goal to be one of America’s new Future Ready cities by incorporating smart city technologies. This initiative requires collaboration and consensus about how a city should prioritize and implement important programs that provide access and equal opportunity across all neighborhoods.
As the prime consultant for Future Ready, VHB is helping the City engage important stakeholders. Local governments, the business community, educational partners, utility providers, nonprofits, and residents are working to develop a Future Ready roadmap to define and organize actionable efforts across seven pillars: Connectivity, Energy, Health and Safety, Built Environment, Mobility, Water, and Materials.
Our team is gathering input in several ways, including internal city stakeholder discussions, focus-area roundtables for each pillar, public workshops, and an online virtual platform where all residents can provide feedback. This process led to the identification and prioritization of short-term strategies that are important to the residents of Orlando, and the VHB team is preparing conceptual plans, life cycle assessments, and business models to implement the actions. Additional long-term strategies are included as part of a living document that will evolve as technology and innovation progress.
Big-picture projects like Orlando Future Ready with clients who share our commitment to healthy, strong, smart communities have a significant impact the places we live, work and play.