The City is constructing a newer, more modern City Hall facility, as well redeveloping the Public Works building that is technologically advanced. This project is completely funded through a development loan from the US Department of Agriculture. The City Council designated Seat Pleasant as a “Smart City” with an “Innovation Village.” As a Smart City, Seat Pleasant will offer services that are better, faster and more personalized, making it a City for Me using information and communication technology with the Internet of Things.
The Smarter City initiative for Seat Pleasant will employ cloud-based “internet of things” (IOT) and cognitive computing capabilities that collect Big Data and are affordable by Small Town USA, where 80% of Americans live. Remember, Data Drives Decisions! For example, the Smart City Initiative will provide free Wi-Fi Internet within the City, set up accelerators and business incubators for aspiring entrepreneurs, and focus on bringing innovative ideas across a broad spectrum of age groups.
As a City focused on capturing as much “Big Data” as possible, the new City Hall will feature an Intelligent Operations Center (IOC). This Center will be able to capitalize on new insights, create system-wide efficiencies and collaborate in new ways with business and citizen participation. Economic prosperity through citizen involvement and engagement is an achievable goal, as the City takes a more hands-on and proactive approach to development.
With the Smart City and Innovation Village model, Seat Pleasant will position itself to attract entities that will help to bolster its economic growth. It will leverage technology and inventive development to attract private sector investments; thereby creating an opportunity to invigorate the local economy.