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Monthly Update: August 2019

By Posted on August 15, 2019

Jim Saber, President & CEO

Late summer happenings and what’s on the horizon for fall


It’s hard to believe summer is coming to an end and another busy fall season will soon be upon us. We’ve already said goodbye to our DukeEngage summer interns (make sure to read their excellent blog), and in addition to enjoying all the abundant sunshine and all around great Michigan weather we’ve had this month, we’ve been hard at work on furthering our mission of accelerating smarter, cleaner and more accessible solutions for communities and cities. Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve been up to…
I’ve had the opportunity to participate in some interesting and forward-thinking forums and roundtables including:
Detroit AV Policy Scrum
Was invited by the City of Detroit (who is truly emerging as a leader among cities in the mobility space), and the Harvard Kennedy School to spend two days with industry, government, and academia learning about and developing use cases focused on senior citizens that can accelerate policy for automated vehicles. I had the opportunity to participate in a breakout group focused on how automated vehicles can create greater access to health care for senior citizens and create greater efficiencies within the health care industry.
Infrastructure Roundtable
I also participated in a technical infrastructure and needs roundtable discussion focused on smart cities and industry 4.0. The discussion was hosted by Automation Alley and included  a diverse set of industry leaders and Michigan’s Lt. Governor, Garlin Gilchrist. It was a great opportunity to learn from and share ideas with leaders from our automotive, IT, and communications industries, and the State of Michigan on the needs and investments that will not only improve roads and bridges, but will leverage the innovative solutions to make our state smarter – and a premier destination in which to live, work, and play.
Upcoming Events
We are looking forward to participating in the PlanetM/Automotive News SHIFT event, “Mobility and the New Urban Ecosystem,” on August 21, here at the Industry Innovation Center. Sessions will focus on identifying the talent and resources necessary to define, develop, research, plan and build tomorrow’s smart and socially-equitable cities with an overview of Detroit’s Kinetic Partners pilots and activities. NextEnergy’s Wayne Snyder and Tim Slusser will be leading tours of the Center’s microgrid pavilion and smart home with an overview of past projects and a look into what’s coming next in the world of advanced charging concepts.
NextEnergy was honored to be asked by the MEDC to help coordinate, and participate in the Michigan Spotlight Sessions, happening September 10 at The Battery Show. Both Tim Slusser and I will participate in the discussions around collaboration with industry leaders. You can read more about it and register below.
City survey and PlanetM Mobility Grants
Last month, we launched our survey to help us to identify energy and mobility needs of cities across Michigan. The response has been great so far and we look forward to hearing from more cities and communities that we can potentially match with innovative solutions from industry. You can learn more about our efforts and take the quick survey here.
Governor Whitmer announced at the Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, the six latest winners of the PlanetM Mobility Grants. We are honored to support the pilot portion of this program via project management services. The next round of applications is due October 1. You can learn more and apply here.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and as always, feel free to reach out to me, or any member of our team if you’d like to connect.
Twitter: @jsaber1

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