CIO panel: Public-private partnerships and successful smart cities

Video interview
October 25, 2021

IN BRIEF

  • 3:00 – Public-private partnerships: “In this model, economic development and quality of life become a shared public-private and community concern and have the potential to increase transparency, reduce equity gaps, and meet community needs more than a one-sided development would do.”
  • 9:45 – Lit up like a Christmas tree: “One of the things that we did at the city of Aurora in trying to make it more attractive for businesses, we focused on basically making the city kind of an incubation lab, but not in the traditional sense of just creating an innovation district, but we’ve made the entire city an innovation district.”
  • 19:15 – Digital infrastructure: “The same way that roads, rails and ports supported the economic explosion of the Industrial Revolution, I believe that digital infrastructure will allow for the transformation to smarter cities and the community-wide connectivity that will be necessary to democratize innovation, opportunity and hope.”

Peggy James, Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside; Michael Pegues, the CIO of the City of Aurora, Illinois; and William Martin, the CIO of the city of Racine; Wisconsin join Joe Kornik, VISON by Protiviti’s Editor-in-Chief, to discuss smart city projects underway in their communities and the importance of public-private partnerships in building a sustainable, community-oriented future city.


Peggy James is the Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Peggy James
Dean, College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
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Michael Pegues is the CIO of the City of Aurora, Illinois.

Michael Pegues
CIO, City of Aurora, Illinois
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William Martin is the CIO of the city of Racine, Wisconsin.

William Martin
CIO, City of Racine, Wisconsin
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