How can you not root for Syracuse, New York?
Syracuse is at the early stages of proving the American Dream. It's a dream where Syracuse becomes a growing city, enabled by technology and data. A city where everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential.Achieving that vision will take hard work from many people and it won't happen overnight. As Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh pointed out in his state of the city address this week, "For decades we have been losing population, losing jobs and, for some, losing faith in our collective future."
But recent investments and changes are setting the city on a different path. Mayor Walsh pointed out that they have begun to take significant steps toward realizing that vision. They have addressed some immediate needs and their progress was noticed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who recently talked about the "resurgence" occurring in Syracuse.
The resurgence is being driven by a data-driven culture, displayed best by the newly created Office of Accountability, Performance and Innovation (API), and by the Syracuse Surge, an initiative to ensure that Syracuse is a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which is driven by the Internet, connectivity, and other new technologies.
In what Mayor Walsh called, "the first step in our surge forward", Syracuse selected CIMCON Lighting, Presidio, and Cisco to upgrade 17,500 streetlights. The streetlight investment provides immediate benefits, including:
- $3 million in annual savings to the Syracuse operating budget, based on maintenance and energy efficiencies
- Higher quality lighting - more natural and attractive
- Better lighting services - As Mayor Walsh said, "you won't have to call us anymore" to tell us a light is out
- Better lighting for first responders - "we'll be able to control the brightness of the lights"
Mayor Walsh pointed out that longer term, the upgraded streetlight infrastructure, with CIMCON's intelligent lighting controllers and the NearSky smart city platform provides "us with a platform to achieve our vision." And an element of that vision is to be New York's flagship smart city to create a model for economic development and public services for the rest of the region.
CIMCON Lighting is proud to be part of this success story in the making. It's impossible not to root for Mayor Walsh, his API team and the citizens and business leaders of Syracuse, New York. Syracuse Surge!
Want to learn more? Watch Syracuse city planner, Rebecca Klossner, speak about the city's smart city plans.