The City of Greensboro, NC announced they have been selected as a Smart Gigabit Community by Segra, a fiber infrastructure communications provider based in Charlotte, in conjunction with US Ignite, a non-profit organization seeking to accelerate the smart city movement.
“This partnership will help advance Greensboro’s Smart City initiatives, which focus on expanding broadband and connectivity, promoting innovation and technology-based entrepreneurship,” said Jane Nickles, the City’s Chief Information Officer. “Through this partnership, we will have access to resources that will enable us to accelerate our efforts to expand internet options in underserved areas of the city and put a spotlight on innovation in Greensboro.”
The Greensboro initiative is made possible by a three-year grant from Segra, one of the largest independent fiber networks in the Eastern U.S. It marks the first smart cities collaboration between US Ignite and Segra. A Greensboro Ignite steering group consisting of members from the public, private, and philanthropic sectors, will be formed to accelerate the city’s innovation activities.
Through the US Ignite ecosystem, communities gain access to shared technologies and best practices, as well as new funding and partnership opportunities.
“We are thrilled to welcome Segra and the City of Greensboro to our Smart Gigabit Communities program as we continue to develop new opportunities for public-private collaboration,” said William Wallace, executive director of US Ignite. “We strongly support the City of Greensboro and the mission of developing Greensboro into an environment that fosters job growth, economic development, and learning and inspiration by bringing innovative people and organizations together, and we are confident they will be the catalyst for many exciting technological developments in Greensboro.”