Amy Aussieker: Charlotte acts as Smart City model

This week, Charlotte will host a three-day workshop for Envision America, an effort that will bring municipal leaders, smart technology experts and private sector allies from 10 major U.S. cities together. The goal? To kick start smart city initiatives across the country. And they’re coming here to Charlotte to learn from us.

For a city that has long hung its hat on being a major financial center – a distinction that has served us well – it’s a new feeling to be recognized nationally as a clean-energy leader and model Smart City. We’ve started to outgrow our Bank Town moniker.