Innovative Future of Russia’s Cities

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  • EY unveils the Center for Smart City Innovation

17 May 2012, Moscow – The EY Center for Smart City Innovation is announced today. Based in Moscow, the Center will provide thought leadership and strategic development advice for EY’s public and private sector clients throughout Russia and the CIS. William G. (Bill) Hutchison has been appointed Executive Director of the Center.

“The Center will deal with social and governance aspects as well as with how to create a collaboration ecosystem,” says Bill Hutchison. “EY will bring the best global knowledge and practices to communities across Russia and CIS” he adds.

The Smart City movement began in the early 1990s in a few areas of the world. Today the Smart City movement is a global movement with over $37 billion of annual investment and growing rapidly.

A number of cities in Russia and the CIS are already involved in various Smart City initiatives and there is increasing interest in creating new Smart City solutions using the advances in information and communications technologies. These Smart City initiatives are compatible with national interests in innovation and broadly based economic growth featuring an increasing number of entrepreneurial initiatives.

The Center for Smart City Innovation will provide advice on creation of strategies and implementation plans based on global lessons learned and the experience of world-renowned professionals who have hands-on management experience in various Smart City initiatives around the world.

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EY constantly expands its services and resources in accordance with clients’ needs throughout the CIS. Currently, 4,000 professionals work at 18 offices throughout the CIS in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Krasnodar,Togliatti, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Almaty, Astana, Atyrau, Baku, Kyiv, Donetsk, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Yerevan, and Minsk.

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