US Ignite, a non-profit organization focused on accelerating the smart city movement, and Spectrum, Charter’s broadband unit, as per recent reports, have chosen St. Petersburg, Florida as a Smart Gigabit Community. Under the terms of a three-year grant from Spectrum, St. Petersburg Innovation District will serve as the convening partner.
Furthermore, the initiative lays the foundation for the smart cities collaboration between Spectrum and the city of St. Petersburg and is also the first joint initiative between US Ignite and Spectrum.
“I want to thank the St. Petersburg Innovation District for working so hard to not only explore smart city technologies but to be a leader in growing our startup ecosystem,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. “I am particularly grateful to US Ignite as well as Spectrum for choosing the Innovation District as a partner for this incredible venture. As a Smart Gigabit Community, the Sunshine City will be able to provide the very best tools to entrepreneurs, helping them build great companies and create real solutions for St. Petersburg.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Spectrum and the St. Petersburg Innovation District to our Smart Gigabit Communities program as we continue to develop new opportunities for public-private collaboration,” added William Wallace, Executive Director, US Ignite. “We strongly support the Innovation District’s mission of developing St. Petersburg 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 St. Petersburg.”