City Hall hiring full-time Project Director for Smart City initiatives

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The City of Orlando recently approved an employment agreement for a new Project Director for Smart City Projects, Michael Hess.

The term “Smart Cities” refers to communities that use newer technologies and innovative public/private partnerships to improve the lives of the residents by increasing the effectiveness of municipal services.

Services being targeted for this new approach include Transportation, Police, Fire, Economic Development, and Public Works, along with public partnerships like OUC, LYNX, and GOAA.

Hess will be responsible for working with the City’s Technology Management Division to expand the number of sensors, devices, and data sources deployed across the city and done so in compliance with City laws, policies, and standards.

Hess is coming to the position with previous experience as VP of Smart and Sustainable Buildings with Panasonic North America, Principal of Exp, a 3,000-person consulting and engineering firm, and President of the US Green Building Council. He has a Bachelors of Science in Architectural Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

The new position pays $167,606.40 a year.

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