Since the beginning of mankind, the human has continually advanced to become a sophisticated manipulator of all factors of production. The transition from agriculture to capitalization, industrialization, and specialization of labor has led to growth in modern cities, and this has both positive and negative consequences. Socioeconomic growth has achieved unprecedented rates but, unfortunately, it has also taken a toll on the peace and order of the great suburbs.
People are moving to cities in search of better educational and work opportunities and higher incomes. The world’s urban population has been growing at an average of 65 million people each year for the last three decades. Significant improvements in city efficiency could be achieved by horizontally interconnecting individual systems such as energy management, water, sanitation and waste, transport, security, environmental control or meteorological intelligence. The interconnection of these systems, both physical and virtual, will require standardized processes.
Getting out into the world
For a metropolis to become “smart”, you need to improve your critical systems by combining a bottom-up, systems-centric approach with a top-down, data-centric approach Collaboration is key to developing smart urban centers. Statutory policies should be defined that consecrate the common good. Governments, municipal administrations, businesses and citizens must develop and accept a shared vision of their city of the future.
That is exactly what Mike Heiligenstein aims to do. He is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, a company that is the leader in development and infrastructure. Aside from his current professional obligations, he is a very well prepared man. He graduated from the University of Texas, getting his degree in Government, and then, from the same university, he got a Masters of Government and a Masters of Business Administration. He is engaged in everything that is development and has worked in the industry for over two decades. Before joining the CTRMA, he worked as a public official in the communities of Round Rock and Williamson County. Aside from the institution that takes his heart and passion, he is part of the board of the Texas Transportation Institute and the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.
With a lot more to offer, the CTRMA will continue to be a reference when it comes to development all over the United States and will continue to be involved in causes of grown and smart mobility in every community in the country.