‘I see myself in these kids’: Why education is key to Aurora, Illinois’ smart city concept

Read the full post at Centered.

Michael Pegues credits his mother with instilling in him a love of technology in his youth and encouraging him to pursue a STEM-based career…

As Aurora’s chief information officer, Pegues has made it a priority to build out its Smart Aurora long-term strategic program. As part of its strategy, the city is implementing data analytics to regulate traffic signals and water utility management and create smart parking decks to make it easier for motorists to park. The city also plans to expand its existing 129 miles of fiber-optic cable to 645 miles — to attract new business and to help close the digital divide. 

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