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Creating Smart Cities in China, Bay Area

Civic and corporate leaders from the Bay Area and China are meeting Friday in Santa Clara to figure out how to create smarter, greener cities in both countries.
 
Many of them are hoping to forge lucrative business deals.

Faced with ever increasing power needs, China is spending a whopping $500 billion to build a smart grid, in part to improve energy efficiency.
 
Pollution is rampant in nearly every major city, and the central government is funding dozens of pilot projects nationwide to create green cities.
 
Jeffrey Heller, president of Heller Manus Architects, a San Francisco firm designing several eco-city projects in China, said the country is "still wrestling with coal, vehicles and pollution. But they have a comprehensive national strategy, including a mandate about electric cars and high speed rail."
 
Friday’s meeting will focus on creating better transportation systems, designing a smart grid, and improving broadband infrastructure. It’s sponsored by the Bay Area Council.
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