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WHAT: New York Foreign Press Center Reporting Tour

WHAT: Domestic Reporting Tour

TOPIC: Technology for the Smart City – Innovation in Public Infrastructure Technology

WHEN: Thursday, November 15 – Friday, November 16, 2018 (participants should arrive by Wednesday evening, November 14)

WHERE: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

RSVP: Interested media should RSVP to NYFPC@state.gov by Thursday, November 8.

BACKGROUND: Across the globe, urban and rural communities seek to modernize infrastructure to maximize efficiency, minimize waste, and increase access to goods and services. Across the United States, entrepreneurs and innovators are working to leverage emerging technologies to build smarter cities and connect communities. Pittsburgh is an example of a city working to create the next generation of public infrastructure: an adaptive, living communication and data platform that allows the city to respond to the transportation and energy needs of residents efficiently and equitably. For example, as the technologies that support ride-hailing and self-driving cars become more common, cities utilize the data collected by various technologies to determine how the government might complement and build upon existing transit systems. As a global model for smarter city solutions, Carnegie Mellon University is partnering with the City of Pittsburgh, and other government agencies, to incubate a range of technological systems that will improve safety, enhance mobility, promote efficiency and address pollution in the environment.

Meetings would include: Carnegie Mellon’s Smart Cities Institute, Mayor of Pittsburgh, Corporate Partners

LOGISTICS: Journalists are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from Pittsburgh, meals, hotel, and any other costs associated with filing stories. The FPC will provide local transportation to all tour appointments and hold a block of hotel rooms; hotel information will be provided once participation is confirmed.


NOTE: All programs are subject to change. Please call (646) 282-2830 or visit the FPC web site: http://www.fpc.state.gov for information on FPC programs.


New York Foreign Press Center

799 United Nations Plaza, 10th Floor

New York, NY 10017

Phone: (646) 282-2830