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February 24
​Wake County Named Finalist for Two Smart Cities North America Awards

Help the county win by voting online today through Feb. 26

The list of finalists is out for the IDC Government Insights Smart Cities North America Awards, and two projects involving Wake County are on it.

“It’s an honor to be in the running for these prestigious awards,” said Greg Ford, chairman, Wake County Board of Commissioners. “Wake County is a growing hub for technology and innovation, and these projects are just one more way we’re letting the nation know it.”

The public can help the county move from “finalist” to “winner” by voting online for its projects. One is listed in the Smart Water category. The other is in the Urban Planning and Land Use category.

Voting is easy. Visit the site and cast your votes now through Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m.

Project information

  • Smart Water Category: Wake County is part of a regional consortium composed of N.C. Emergency Management, Raleigh, Cary, Wilson, Holly Springs and Morrisville. The partners are working together on the North Carolina Regional Water Level Monitoring Data Sharing Pilot project.

    The goal of the project is to monitor regional water levels during and after heavy rain events to help provide real-time data about flooded roads and other areas to avoid. The results will enhance the safety of residents and enable a more proactive response during stormwater emergencies.
  • Urban Planning and Land Use category: Wake County’s Tax Administration office has implemented machine-learning algorithms through its partnership with SAS to perform property reappraisals more easily, more quickly and less subjectively.

The finalists for the awards illustrate best-practice examples of how municipalities are using technology and innovation to meet the needs of their residents.

Now in its third year, the IDC Smart Cities North America awards were designed to recognize the progress municipalities have made in executing Smart Cities projects, as well as provide a forum for sharing best practices to help accelerate Smart City development in the region. Winners will be honored at the Smart Cities Connect Conference in April.


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