Eugene Grant

Mayor, Seat Pleasant, MD

Mayor Eugene W. Grant was elected to serve a fourth term making him the longest serving mayor in the history of Seat Pleasant. Serving more than 30 years in non-profit community development and city governance, Mayor Grant leads with a results-oriented approach. Mayor Grant is leading the charge to move the City of Seat Pleasant towards becoming a Smart City, which delivers better, faster and more personalized City services to its citizens. Due to the Mayor’s efforts, Seat Pleasant is on target to become the first Smart City in the State of Maryland by 2017. 

Wednesday, October 2
11:00 am - 12:15 pm • Smart for All: Access and Connectivity for Under-Resourced Communitiesboardroom 1
Historically investments in digital infrastructure have tended to benefit the “haves.” But the public sector and corporations are trying to level the playing field as access to information and digital resources is no longer a nice to have, but rather a necessity to fully participate in society. Hear from providers who are prioritizing bridging the digital divide.
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm • City Readiness Hub: Seat Pleasant, MD & Montgomery, ALcity readiness hub
The City Readiness Hub sessions are unscripted mentoring sessions that allow one city to receive targeted advice from smart city practitioners in another city that is further along the path to creating more livable, workable, and sustainable communities. This session features Seat Pleasant, MD and Montgomery, AL. Both cities have identified Digital City Services and Education and Workforce Development as priorities in developing a smart city. They will talk through some of the common challenges and success stories each has faced in on-boarding smart city projects in these areas.