Summary: S.1904 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (10/02/2017)

Smart Cities and Communities Act of 2017

This bill directs the Departments of Commerce, Energy, House and Urban Development, and Transportation, the National Science Foundation, and, as appropriate, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Labor, and State to establish the Interagency Council on Smart Cities to promote coordination of the activities and funding from federal agencies related to smart cities or communities.

The council shall develop a multiyear strategy for the coordination of such activities and funding, the development of partnerships with the private sector relating to smart cities or communities, and the promotion of international cooperation with respect to smart city or community technologies and standards.

The Department of Labor shall coordinate with private and public organizations and local governments to prepare a smart city or community technology workforce needs assessment.

Such departments shall publish a resource guide designed to assist states, communities, and cities in implementing smart city or community programs.

Commerce shall:

  • establish a smart city or community regional demonstration grant program under which demonstration projects on advanced smart city or community technologies and systems shall be conducted in a variety of communities, and
  • convene the Cybersecurity Working Group to develop tools for communities to use to evaluate the cybersecurity of smart city or community technologies.

Labor shall establish the TechHire Workforce Training and Development Pilot Program to furnish competitive grants for technology-based job training and education programs that provide industry-recognized credentials.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) shall conduct a study to identify: (1) financial and procurement mechanisms for funding smart city or community activities and demonstration projects, (2) barriers to creative financing solutions for such activities and projects, and (3) ways to leverage private sector investments in smart cities and communities.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology shall support participation by government experts in private sector-led standards-related activities that convene smart city or community stakeholders.

Commerce shall establish a strategic international smart cities and communities trade program.