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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Representing the 10th District of Virginia


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Reps. Comstock & Esty Introduce Smart Cities Legislation

October 27, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) introduced H.R. 4151, the Smart Technology for Resilient, Efficient, Economic and Reliable Transportation in Cities and Communities Act (STREET Act). The legislation expands on the successful Department of Transportation (DOT) Smart Cities Challenge program and will provide grants to small and medium sized cities on a competitive basis.  Additionally, the STREET Act calls for the development of a smart city resource guide, directs the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on Smart Cities, and supports National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards for Smart Cities.

“Innovative technologies can affect real change in our daily lives,” said Rep. Comstock.  “The success of the Department of Transportation Smart Cities Challenge turned an initial investment of $40 million into additional $500 million in public and private funding to advance transportation technologies that help ease congestion and put these communities on a path toward transportation innovation that will ultimately grow the economy.  The STREET Act establishes a follow-up program to the U.S. Department of Transportation Smart Cities challenge by authorizing $100 million a year for a period of five years so that small and medium-sized cities can think outside the box for their transportation needs.  In Virginia’s 10th District localities could look at ways to use new and emerging transportation technologies to help residents with congestion relief and to help solve other transportation challenges.  CompTIA, the National Association of Counties, and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association are among the supporters the STREET Act, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this legislation.”  

“The Smart Cities program was popular for a reason: towns and cities across the country are eager to harness the power of data, technology, and creativity to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” said Rep. Esty. “Working together to spur innovation that improves the way we move people, goods, and information helps create vibrant communities where families want to live and businesses want to invest. I am excited to work with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to get this program firmly established in law and help those who are creating good-paying American jobs.”


Based on its prior and successful Smart Cities Challenge program, the STREET Act authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a follow up program to its Smart Cities Challenge Program that will award grants to small to medium-sized cities up to $100 million every year for a five year period. The bill also calls for development of a Smart City and Community Resource Guide, a GAO study on innovative ways to fund smart cities and community projects, and encourages an industry-led review of ongoing smart cities standards and interoperability efforts domestically and internationally.  The STREET Act supports an effort coordinated by NIST to develop an industry-led, consensus-based framework to harmonize existing standards, develop best practices and model standards.    Defines guidelines, tools, best practices, standards, methodologies, and encourages interoperability of smart city or community devices and systems.

Letters of Support: Engaged OrganziationsStreet Act Coalition Letter; SIA Support Letter.  

List of groups supporting the STREET Act:

C_TEC (U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center)
National League of Cities
National Association of Counties
National Electrical Manufacturers Association
Telecommunications Industry Association
Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association
Information Technology Industry Council
Gridwise Alliance
Smart Cities Council
Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC)
Security Industry Association (SIA)
Tech Birmingham
Arizona Technology Council (AZTC)
California Technology Council (CTC)
Tech San DiegoColorado Technology Association
Connecticut Technology Council (CTC)
Florida Technology Council
Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
Idaho Tech Council (ITC)
Illinois Technology Association (ITA)
Technology Association of Iowa (TAI)
Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky (TALK)
Maryland Tech Council
Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC)
Automation Alley
KC Tech Council
Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)
Technology Association of Nebraska
New Hampshire High Tech Council (NHHTC)
New Mexico Technology Council
New Jersey Tech Council (NJTC)
NY Tech Alliance
Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED)
North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA)
Information Technology Council of North Dakota (TechND)
Technology Association of Oregon (TAO)
Philadelphia Alliance for Capital & Technologies
Pittsburgh Technology Council
Chattanooga Technology Council
Nashville Technology Council
Austin Technology Council (ATC)
Tech Titans
Utah Technology Council
Vermont Technology Alliance
Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)
Wisconsin Technology Council

To read the full legislation go here:  H.R. 4151, the Smart Technology for Resilient, Efficient, Economic and Reliable Transportation in Cities and Communities Act (STREET Act).