All About Us…
This website and the Smartcoast.US initiative began as an outgrowth of the local Pensacola Entrepreneurship Enthusiast Group (EEG) and the Northwest Florida Forward Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council.
We believe that growing entrepreneurial businesses is the best way to insure the regions long-term economic vitality. We also believe that embracing a smart cities way of thinking is vital to growing the local entrepreneurial businesses.
What is the big WHY we are doing this? The answer is to increase the competitiveness of the cities, the counties and the region to KEEP our best and brightest innovators and entrepreneurs and to draw the best and brightest from around the world to this area.
Our strategy is based on strategies used successfully in other communities, such as Chattanooga, TN. It begins with strategic leadership and includes a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem and entrepreneurs, a pool of talented people, robust community engagement, organized funding and investments in the kinds of smart city infrastructure that makes our region a great place.
Our organization reflects our origin in the Pensacola Entrepreneurial Enthusiast Group (EEG) and the regional Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council. The role of Smartcoast.us is to take the input from these organizations, to coordinate the Smartcoast membership to create, manage and accomplish various implementation projects.
We have chosen to use the following free or inexpensive tools to facilitate our teams communication and collaboration.
We use Slack for team member communication in channels, Trello for project task tracking, Google Drive for our file and document repository, DrawIO for creating diagrams, MailChimp to manage our mailing list, Google Drawings for web graphics and infographics, Google My Maps to create maps of pertinent data, Google calendar for a shred team calendar, Google contacts for a shred list of contacts and e-mail groups, and Google Meet for video conferencing.
Join Smartcoast.us and get access to our tools and projects including a smartcoast.us e-mail address.