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Erie Innovation President & CEO, Karl Sanchack Will Present at Smart City Expo

Erie, PA – Erie Innovation District President & CEO, Karl Sanchack will be traveling to Atlanta, GA to present at “Smart City Expo Atlanta.” This expo is the only U.S. edition of “Fira Barcelona’s Smart City Expo” series and will take place from September 11-13 at the Georgia World Congress Centre.

The event expects to attract more than 2,500 attendees, 200 speakers and 50 exhibitors over the three-day period, including Mayors, CEOs, CIOs, and innovators from across the country. The program will feature eight program tracks, including: public safety and security, mobility and transportation, innovation and talent, health and wellness, digital transformation, climate and sustainability and civic engagement.

Featured speakers include Ambassador Andrew Young, SunTrust Banks CEO Bill Rogers, Atlanta Braves President Derek Schiller, Cox Enterprises CEO Alex Taylor as well as actor, entrepreneur and hip-hop artist T.I.

“Smart City Expo Atlanta is redefining what it means to be a smart city. To build inclusive 21st century economies, we must ensure that equity, prosperity, and humanity are on par with AI, blockchain, and big data,” added Aarti Tandon, co-founder and CEO, Smart City Expo Atlanta.

Erie, PA will be placed in the spotlight at the event as a result of the Erie Innovation District’s Secure Smart City initiative, which launched mid-2018. The initiative has introduced significant safety and security upgrades to the downtown, and extensive public Wi-Fi capabilities, particularly in Perry Square. These efforts have caught the attention of numerous smart city experts from across the globe, many of whom will be in attendance this week.

“Erie seeks to become a destination city starting within its opportunity zones,” said Karl Sanchack, CEO, Erie Innovation District. “To us, this means that we’re building a digital infrastructure that supports an inclusive and comprehensive urban strategy from land development through public art. We’re pleased to have the opportunity to share our transformative journey at the Smart City Expo Atlanta and hope it inspires others in its collaborative model.”

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