Smart City Advisory Commission

Smart City Commission
Mayor Gary R. McCarthy announced the appointment of a Mayoral Smart City commission to take advantage of new technology for superior delivery of government services and improved quality of life. The Schenectady Smart City Advisory Commission will be led by Mark Little, former Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President/Director of GE Global Research, and will work on a variety of technology and sustainability initiatives with a focus on the next generation of wireless communications and product development.

“The future of government infrastructure is more than pipes and pavement; it is building a cohesive wireless network and utilizing sustainable technology to lower the burden on residents through more efficient services while also improving their quality of life,” said Mayor Gary McCarthy. “This team of experienced and impressive individuals will aid in promoting growth and development in all areas of Schenectady and help the City continue to be a leader in solving urban problems.”

Schenectady continues to build on its rich history of technological progress. Recent successes include the use of data driven policies to lower crime and partnering with the University at Albany’s Center for Technology in Government to streamline and enhance code enforcement. The Commission’s eight members, each with prominent track records in innovation, will advise the City on future initiatives and partnerships. 
The Commission is led by Mark Little, a trained mechanical engineer, with a bachelor’s degree from Tufts, master’s degree from Northeastern, and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Little served as GE’s Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President/Director of GE Global Research. Currently, Mark and his wife Terri operate the Little Family Foundation, which supports a wide variety of local community activities as well as international and veterans organizations. 

"I am very excited to be working with an excellent group of individuals from the community who have come together to take on the challenges we face to make Schenectady an even better city to live in,” said Mark Little, Chair of the Schenectady Smart City Advisory Commission. “I am looking forward to applying emerging technology in ways that will create tremendous benefits for the residents of Schenectady.”

The Commission will also include Philip Morris, CEO of Proctors Theatre; Theresa Pardo, Director of the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany; John DeAugustine, publisher of The Daily Gazette; Laurence Spring, Superintendent of the Schenectady City School District; Kishor Bagul, CEO of Cloud and Things; Antonio Civitella, CEO of Transfinder; and Tom Wilson, founder of TW&A Construction Management. 
The broad concept of Smart Cities involves creating sustainability, efficiency, and improved quality of life by using technology and innovation. By establishing an advisory commission and collaborating with various public and private sector entities, Schenectady has created an environment in which innovation, creativity and practicality can form together to save money, improve the quality of life, and to make real progress.