A leading provider of software and services solutions for cities and public safety agencies, SunGard Public Sector announced it will turbo-charge its local government offerings with Socrata's open data and financial transparency apps. Learn what it means for cities.
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With the big markets drying up for municipal bonds, Denver found the funding it needed from small investors – its own residents. Learn why "mini-bonds" may be the wave of the future for municipal finance.
In a report on the global public-private partnership landscape, Moody's claims the U.S. has the potential to become a world leader given the sheer size of its infrastructure and growing urban population. Learn why that could be very good news for cities.
One of the questions remaining about India’s ambitious plan to have 100 smart cities is where the money will come from to develop them. Find out how investors may play a key role.
What does the new smart city standard say about a city's financial well-being? George Karayannis continues his deep dive on ISO 37120 with a look at the indicators that reflect a city's fiscal health. Don't miss this one.
With some creativity, Brian Cotton of Frost & Sullivan suggests the Hong Kong mass transit business model could serve as a template for cities that want to incent private sector investment in smart city infrastructure projects. It's an interesting approach; click for the details.
The World Bank says its investment in infrastructure projects will grow by nearly half this year. Find out why it says this is actually bad news, and what it means for developing economies.
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) featured the Smart Cities Financial Guide in the July 2014 issue of its PM Magazine. Click for an excerpt and link to the full story.
Experts disagree whether Bitcoin is a passing fad or the wave of the future, but governments and businesses alike are not waiting for the answer. Find out how they are starting to carefully embrace it – and why.
Local authorities in Belgium will be the first in Europe to take advantage of a new preferential rate loan program to help implement smart and sustainable cities. The financing assist is a collaboration between the European Investment Bank and Belgium's Belfius Banque. Click for the details.