A Safe and Integrated City

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 1:00 PM ET | 12:00 PM CT | 11:00 AM MT | 10:00 AM PT

By 2050, it is projected that there will be 3.1 billion additional people living in cities as the trend toward urbanization continues with approximately 80 percent of the world's GDP coming from urban centers. People are moving back to urban areas to have access to industry, as well as the services and conveniences a city offers. This growing urban population makes planning for current and future needs more difficult and puts increased pressure on infrastructure and budgets.

As a city's population grows, security becomes an even larger issue. Increased criminal activities create additional stress for the cities law enforcement and the judicial system, since the city now requires additional police patrolling. In addition, there seems to be a new competitiveness for cities to attract and retain residents and corporations to take advantage of the benefits of a broader tax base.

The purpose of this webinar is to explore ways that city leaders can work towards the goal of a safe and secure integrated city. In addition, explore options for financing safety and security technologies for their city..

  1. How city leaders and managers will need to plan and budget for funding technology improvements for city systems and infrastructure. Technology will play an increasingly important role in protecting property and most importantly, the residents. City leaders will need to plan for the future trends and invest in technology that has a planned integration path downstream to maximize their existing infrastructure.
  2. There are multiple funding options available for city leaders and managers for financing their security projects. City of Atlanta will share practical insights on how they successfully obtained funding for their security improvements.

Presented by:
Grant Hawkins Grant Hawkins
Vice President of Programs and Strategic Projects 
Atlanta Police Foundation

Grant Hawkins is a proven strategic programs oversight professional with more than 10 years of project management, program planning, development, implementation and law enforcement experience.

Hawkins currently serves as Vice President of Programs and Strategic Projects for the Atlanta Police Foundation - a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization established to manage and fund programs aimed to drive the Atlanta Police Department to be a best-in-class organization and initiatives that improve public safety in the city of Atlanta.  In this role, Hawkins manages key initiatives through several Foundation programs designed to immediately and directly impact crime reduction in the City, i.e., increased police visibility: Recruitment, Housing and Mounted Patrol programs; policing best practices: Operation Shield and Strategic Initiatives; and police effectiveness: Scholarships, and Training.

Through Hawkins' leadership, the APF spearheaded the design and build-out of the Operation Shield Video Integration Center – one of the largest public/private camera integration projects in the nation – and he has been instrumental in securing more than $3.5 million to fund the project's continued expansion.

Prior to joining the Atlanta Police Foundation, Hawkins held various roles in the non-profit and law enforcement sectors. He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Jacksonville State University and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and African American Studies from the University of Georgia.  Hawkins currently lives in Midtown Atlanta where he is an active community volunteer serving on various local organizations, civic boards and maintains his Georgia Peace Officer Certification.

Robert Welton Robert (Rob) Welton
National Business Manager  

Robert (Rob) Welton is a National Business Manager for Siemens Industry, Inc. with a focus on enterprise security solutions for cities and critical infrastructure.  He has over 30 years of experience in the security and information technologies industries.

Rob's experience ranges from managing federal and selected commercial verticals to the successful implementation of integrated command and control solutions for seaports and airports.  He has directed homeland security business development for Magal, an international manufacturer of intrusion detection systems.  Rob served as an Executive VP of sales & marketing for Knowledge Vector, a developer of security management software.  Under his leadership the firm was able to secure venture capital funding and major contracts in aviation and military markets.  He is also a former Vice President of World Wide Business Development for Alcatel where he helped grow sales of voice over IP solutions.

Rob is a graduate of East Carolina University and a former United States Air force pilot.  He and his wife live in Clayton, North Carolina.

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