Building Smarter Cities are becoming an imminent need, not only a trend of choice. With the population boom of the last 50 years, is not slowing down. The rapid and unplanned growth of cities globally has generated a number of challenges that cannot be tackled in a traditional way: insecurity, vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters, increasing the number of vehicles traveling on urban roads, Increased energy consumption, environmental pollution, water and waste management, the need for greater citizen participation and greater efficiency in services, among others.
Also, the current financial constraints of requiring increasingly efficient systems to reduce public spending and increase fiscal revenues. In this sense, our cities must migrate towards an Intelligent City model.
Mike Heiligenstein, executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, knows that it is not only a matter of technology and choices but of vital importance to invest and plan for infrastructure that poses as a “make it or break it” element for advancement, especially around the rapid growing suburban areas of Texas. Mike served 23 years as a Central Texas public official in the communities of Round Rock and Williamson County, making him a man that bring an experiences and objective set of skills to the table.
Over the years, he has helped supervise and oversee large projects in the areas and has contributed to dynamism in the mobility schemes in the region. Together with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, he has been hands-on with every step of the programs: from planning to costs to implementations, making sure that every stage is according to its full potential.
It is not only smarter cities that Mike Heiligenstein wants to see in the future, but he is also convinced that construction ant transportation planning can be more effective and has committed himself to environmental causes and the growth of cities through healthy alternatives to design a modern, regional transportation network for Central Texas.
To ensure the fast-growing communities are kept as effective as possible, Mike Heiligenstein believes that it must rest on a thing as simple as the design, intelligent cars, and an effective street planning. With his vast experience in the sector and his current position, he has lead efforts to expand water, wastewater and transportation infrastructure and mobility, and will continue to support causes to make smart cities smarter and environmentally conscious.