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City of Henderson to Address Civic Challenges through “Startup in Residence” Program

October 09, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
PLEASE CONTACT MICHELLE FRENCH, (702) 267-2061

Henderson, Nev. – Today, the City of Henderson posted seven civic challenges that the city plans to address through their participation in the Startup in Residence (STIR) program. The challenges include technology, traffic and transportation issues, and citizen issues. 

Henderson and nationwide startup companies are encouraged to participate in the Startup in Residence program. Startups can apply at StartupinResidence.org to solve one of the challenges posted by the city. Through the program’s collaborative framework and streamlined procurement process, startups can gain a deep understanding of the challenges identified and to close a contract with the city.

The seven challenges are: 1) a tool that facilitates real-time language interpretation for a variety of languages; 2) a tool to predict impact to traffic with new developments; 3) digital platform for residents and visitors to access government services via a smartphone; 4) digital assistant integration for citizens; 5) asset management platform for tracking deployment of traffic barricades in real time; 6) digital asset management system for storage and retrieval of all images, videos and graphics and other media from the city; and 7) an engagement tool to increase students walking to school.

The Startup in Residence program was piloted by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation in 2014 and expanded to cities across the United States through a partnership with City Innovate. The City of Henderson was one of only 31 government agencies selected for the 2019 program which also includes the City of Las Vegas and Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

“We are excited to participate in the Startup in Residence Program as a means to attract more startup companies to Henderson,” commented Laura Fucci, Chief Information Officer. “This is a great way for Henderson to achieve some of our Smart City initiatives while partnering with new businesses at the same time.”

Henderson’s Smart City Strategy was adopted in March 2018 through input gathered from internal and external stakeholders, review of up-and-coming technologies and alignment with the Henderson Strong Comprehensive Plan. The strategy identifies technology initiatives in four focus areas: citizen services, public safety, education and transportation.

For more information on the City of Henderson’s Smart City Strategy, visit http://cityofhenderson.com/Smartcity.

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