Readiness Cities - Philadelphia



"Poverty creates the ripple effect of every problem that we deal with. I call it the money we spend on misery. All of the misery money we spend could be put into education, info infrastructure, into recreation — all of the things we really want a city to be."
—Mayor Jim Kenney

The process of applying for the Council's Readiness Challenge Grant helped bring Philadelphia departments together. The application process prompted conversations between city departments, causing them to realize they were working on individual solutions to common problems.

Now, part of the SmartCityPHL initiative, it’s working to create a detailed smart cities roadmap that spans departments.