- Published: 08 July 2022
Three cities in Michigan were selected for the MINextCities program, and Dearborn was one of them.
The others were Marquette and Flint.
MINextCities is a new statewide program that supports the use of technology to improve energy efficiency, reliability, sustainability, safety, and overall quality of life. The goal of the pilot program is to model a roadmap for small and mid-sized cities to become the “smart cities” of the future.
The project is supported by a $3.5 million grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) in partnership with NextEnergy.
Under the program, Dearborn will be able to implement technical solutions that address some of the city’s most pressing needs, at no cost.
“The MiNextCities program allows us to tap into our roots as a birthplace of innovation to fully realize the potential of next-generation smart city solutions,” said Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud. “Dearborn couldn’t be more thrilled to have been selected, and more excited to work with partner cities to model a path forward.”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is excited about the program:
“MiNextCities will help develop a framework that communities across Michigan can use to implement sustainable measures to address climate impacts,” Whitmer said. “Flint, Dearborn, and Marquette have been chosen for the first phase of a three-year pilot program and I look forward to seeing how they use this grant to improve infrastructure, boost energy efficiency, and promote climate resiliency. Taken together, their actions will help us continue to pursue the roadmap to 2030 outlined in the MI Healthy Climate Plan and create good-paying jobs and economic prosperity for families, communities, and small businesses while addressing climate change head-on.”
The program is facilitated by NextEnergy, a Detroit-based leader in deploying smart city technologies, and Public Sector Consultants, a Lansing-based public policy consulting firm. They will be joined by local project teams composed of elected officials, city staff, and community leaders in order to offer community-specific guidance.
Together, the team will identify solutions tailor-made for each city’s objectives and capacity constraints using community-defined goals as a guide.
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Improve mobility and quality of life.
- Increase attraction and retention of workers and businesses.
- Enhance public safety.
- Boost private sector and community investment.
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