Increasingly, cities are adopting smart technology to become more energy efficient, improve transportation, make neighborhoods safer, manage traffic-basically use technology and the data it generates to create better places to live, work and visit.
As they do so, they're discovering they need specialists to head the new departments that the smart technology is enabling. And many have created new C-level executives, such as chief bicycle officer, chief innovation officer, chief data officer and chief citizen officer-to name a few. What follows is a look at nine of the newest C-level positions smart cities are creating.
Chief Bicycle Officer
As cities become increasingly bicycle-friendly, they need people to oversee activities and projects related to cycling-hence the title chief bicycle officer. Last year, Atlanta appointed its first chief bicycle officer, Becky Katz. Her tasks include public outreach, project development, implementation of the Relay Bike Share program and ensuring new development is consistent with cycle-friendly aims.