Nauener Tor in the inner city of Potsdam .

Credit: LHP/Robert Schnabel

The Smart Cities Model Projects: Winners of the 3rd Edition Announced

28 cities, districts and municipalities have been selected for funding by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) as part of the 3rd edition of the Smart Cities Model Projects competition. The 2021 motto: “Emerging from the crisis together: Creating space for the future.” 

A total of 94 German cities, districts and municipalities applied, with intermunicipal cooperations also submitting their projects. Finally, 28 were selected: on 15 July, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) announced the winners of the third edition of the Smart Cities Model Projects competition. Potsdam, the state capital of Brandenburg, is one of the projects that will receive future funding, to which we say: congratulations!  

Funds of €300 million were available for the third edition of the Smart Cities model projects competition. The programme aims to help municipalities digitise in a targeted manner – to ensure integrated and sustainable urban development that is oriented towards the common good. The motto of this year’s edition: “Emerging from the crisis together: Creating space for the future.” Once again, the winning municipalities were selected in a multi-stage process by a jury made up of representatives from science, politics and municipal umbrella organisations. In 2020, Berlin was selected for funding as one of 32 model projects throughout Germany and is currently developing a Smart City Strategy in close cooperation with the urban society. The strategy is expected to be implemented through concrete measures and projects from January 2022 until late 2026.

Starting in 2021, a coordination and transfer office will support future Smart Cities Model Projects and provide them with expert advice. The BMI has commissioned a consortium with establishing the office; members include the German Aerospace Center, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and economic research company Prognos as well as two partners from Berlin: the German Institute for Urban Studies (Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik, difu) and urban development agency Creative Climate Cities. The consortium aims to ensure that knowledge obtained in the model projects is more widely spread.

The Smart Cities Model Projects are funded via the KfW banking group; with the 2020 economic stimulus and future technologies package, the Federal Government resolved to continue funding the Smart Cities Model Projects, increasing funds to a total of €820 million. The programme was initiated in 2019 and is based on the Smart City Charta (German only) created by the national Smart City Dialogue platform. The findings obtained in the model projects will be made available to all German municipalities. (vdo)


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