On March 4, Venture Connectors will host a panel featuring Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s economic advancement team. Ted Smith, chief of civic innovation, Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, deputy chief of staff and chief of strategic initiatives, and Colleen Abate, economic development manager, will discuss the Mayor’s vision for Louisville and how the venture capital and entrepreneurial community can participate in that vision. The interactive discussion will include questions from the audience. Register for the event here.
Smith’s efforts include the 2012 IBM Smarter City Challenge-winning adoption of Asthmapolis sensor inhalers across Louisville to develop a new understanding of asthma. He is an open government/open data champion and is responsible for efforts to expand the entrepreneurial and innovation economy of Louisville. Prior to city government, he was appointed senior innovation advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT. He founded the chronic disease news service, MedTrackAlert, which was acquired by Health Central in 2008. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College, master’s and doctorate degrees in cognitive science from Miami University (Ohio) and completed post-doctorate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Smith serves as executive director of the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil, a civic innovation laboratory. He was a co-investigator for the Neurolab shuttle mission and was named to the 2013 Government Technology list of “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.”