Councilman encourages Youngstown leaders to consider ‘smart city’ concept

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Monday night, Youngstown City Council listened to a proposal about making Youngstown a “smart city.”

About 20 people, including some city workers, heard how the city of Seat Pleasant, Maryland saved an estimated $1 million a year by using smart technology.

Seat Pleasant also went from 140 vacant house to only 30 in the past three years and saw 30% to 40% more efficiency in code enforcement.

Councilman Julius Oliver was responsible for bringing the group into Youngstown.

“It will basically save the city money by being more efficient, running smoother,” he said. “When you run more efficiently, you save the city money because you’re not spending money, wasting time. And you also save money on paper because you are going to a technology system, a digital system.”

The initial cost of the software and assessment is around $200,000.

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