Industry leaders announce launch of Smart Cities Council

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LIBERTY LAKE, WA, May 29, 2013 -- Global industry leaders, including Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), GE, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, and AT&T, joined together in supporting and promoting the official launch of the Smart Cities Council, which is dedicated to creating smart, sustainable cities with high-quality living and high-quality jobs.

The Smart Cities Council was founded to address the unprecedented challenges facing the world's cities. Further, the Council will develop targeted resources for core city departments and functions, including water and wastewater, environment, economic development, energy, health and human services, public safety and security, transportation, and waste. Based on their areas of expertise, project teams from lead partner companies contribute to Council resources, whether tools for citizen engagement, financing and procurement, policy framework and roadmapping, or publications such as the SCC Readiness Guide, case studies, white papers and website content.

Confronted with and driven by the trends of accelerated population growth and increasingly constrained resources, cities will seek new strategies and tools to build strong economic centers, while accommodating the influx of people drawn to cities to live and work. The Council aims to equip city leaders with fresh approaches to policy, governance, development and technology that enable long-term livability, workability and sustainability.

"People have built communities around energy and water for ages. Past generations have extracted more energy or more water to accommodate growing populations. This is simply not possible given the scale and urgency of today’s challenges. We must be more strategic, more resourceful and more innovative than ever before," said Russ Vanos, Itron's senior vice president of strategy and business development."

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