Consumers, Manufacturers and Businesses in the Servitization Economy
Consumers increasingly prefer
usership to ownership by utilizing pay-per-use and other on-demand services, as
scalable and resilient value-driven outcomes such as pay-per-mile become
The Traditional make, use and dispose economy is supplanted by a circular one in
which resources have a longer useful life, with product and materials recovery
at the end of service life. End to end providers will be replaced by multiple product
and service offerors with unique expertise in the provision of customer-centric
rather than asset-centric services.
especially those with clients located in rural and smaller urban communities,
can increase their capabilities with environmentally viable offerings by
entering into collaborations and partnerships in a multi-sector ecosystem as new companies enter the marketplace to target these opportunities via
data democratization and new organizational models.
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Communities that rely on connections and collaborations within and among regions will have access to technologies to transition from a sale to a service culture that features pay-per-use and pay-by-outcome models such as pay-per-mile and power-by-the-hour, creating locally owned enterprises and achieving economies of scale pricing in areas ranging from travel service and destination management, to local and intercity mobility programs connecting large cities with micropolitan areas, and innovative energy savings,water conservation and building automation systemssolutions for buildings typically found on main street and in historic districts. Technology tasks include data sources integration, micro payments, flexible billing and cost-effective self-service customer and partner interfaces.
Linking Manufacturing and Services
Circular and Shared Economies create new value as pay per use models and outcome payments change
the points of reference of projects and transactions as manufacturers repair
and upgrade their products with modular designs; asset management and optimum maintenance
become major capabilities. Equipment re-use, remanufacturing and redeployment
as well as asset harvesting allow manufacturers to offer life cycle management
a collaborative system that delivers seamless customer experiences
Small and Medium-sized Commercial Buildings account for 95 percent of building stock and consume half the energy
in a sector of the economy responsible for 20 percent of the total energy
consumption. Owners of smaller buildings are often unaware of the amount of
energy wasted and the opportunity for savings that building automation systems
provide. This sector hasn’t BAS for the following reasons: the high cost of
tailoring software and acquiring hardware components is beyond the reach of
most small- and medium-sized properties; the owner is not always the tenant
that pays the utility bill, hence limited incentive to invest in the building’s
Building Leases spell out how energy costs are divided between tenants and owners. Often, these leases are not structured in a way that promotes energy savings. Tenants have no incentive to save energy in their leased premises because energy costs are based on tenant square footage. Building owners have no incentive to invest in energy efficiency because the operating expenses are passed onto tenants.
Green Leases promote energy efficiency by creating lease structures which equitably align the costs and benefits of efficiency investments between building owners and tenants.
Energy Management Systems can
be used to centrally control devices like HVAC units and lighting systems
across multiple locations. EMS also provide metering, sub-metering and
monitoring functions that allow facility managers to gather data and insight to
make more informed decisions about energy activities across their sites.
Distributed Generation occurs on
a property site when energy is sold to the building occupants; here, commercial
PPAs enable businesses and governments to purchase electricity directly from
the generator rather than from the utility. Power Purchase Agreements PPA is a legal contract between an electricity generator and a power
Financing Energy Efficiency Projects face
several financial impediments, including information. Financial institutions
often lack a full understanding of energy efficiency technologies which are
almost always investments with long repayment terms. Small towns and rural
communities require specific and unique knowledge, expertise and funding
APower Purchase Agreement PPA
is a legal contract between an electricity generator and a power purchaser.
Contractual terms may last anywhere between 5 and 20 years, during which time
the power purchaser buys energy, and sometimes also capacity and services, from
the electricity generator. Such agreements play a key role in the financing of
independently owned electricity generating assets. The seller is typically an
independent power producer – IPP.
PPAs Facilitate the Financing of
Distributed Generation Assets
Distributed Generation occurs on a
property site with energy is sold to the building occupants; here, commercial
PPAs enable businesses and governments to purchase electricity directly from
the generator rather than from the utility. The parties
involved include: The
Seller is the entity that owns the project. In most cases, the seller is
organized as a special purpose entity whose main purpose is to facilitate
project financing, and The Buyer is
typically a utility or building occupants under the distributed generation
Water Resources Strategies on Main Street
and Historic Districts
Urban Flooding many small
towns across the country lose drinking water because of aging pipes, in
addition, asphalt and concrete prevent rainwater from soaking into the ground.
The solution to inadequate storm water and drinking water management: green
infrastructure like rain gardens and bios wales.
Aging Pipes and Outdated Systems Waste 14
percent of Daily Water Consumption
Water Losses from aging
infrastructure and faulty metering lead to lost revenue for utilities and
higher rates for water users. Also, increasing demand, maintenance
and energy costs are responsible for a 90% increase in utility rates.
This trend can be countered by best management practices BMP that
include state-of-the-art audits, leak detection monitoring, targeted repairs
and upgrades, pressure management, and better metering technologies.
Integrated Water Systems in Small Towns and Rural Communities by 2030 the world will need to produce 50 percent more for food
and energy and 30 percent more fresh water. Solar pumps are reliable technology
which can compete with conventional pumping technologies such as diesel
pumping. Large amounts of energy are used in the entire water cycle. Water
Pumps play a major role in all water and waste-water processes.
Agriculture Industry Heritage Museums Small Towns and Downtowns
and Food Heritage experience Vermont’s thriving
food and arts scene, local cuisine from artisan chefs, creative food companies,
and passionate farmers thriving alongside artists sharing their arts and
Museums tell the story of Vermont’s heritage, arts and crafts. Early
Vermonters were hardworking and industrious; museums of agriculture and
industry tell the stories of how natural resources were employed to help
provide for families and build Vermont: the American Precision Museum in Windsor, the Billings Farm in
Woodstock, the New England Maple in
Pittsford, the Vermont Granite
in Barre and the Vermont Marble
Museum in Proctor.
Learn the Stories of Shipwrecks at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes
and Small Towns Vermont’s thriving
downtowns are where visitors and residents find the distinctive local
businesses, historic buildings, and rich cultural and social activities that
form Vermont’s special sense of community. These authentic and attractive
downtowns and villages are recognized as a key part of the state’s allure.
Vermont Downtowns are a Centerpiece of Community Life
Downtown Program, established in
1994, is a revitalization effort that builds on each community’s history; these
local efforts have demonstrated how revitalization encourages the local economy
and cultural institutions, while supporting growth in a way that minimizes
Waterbury is a vibrant community in the Green Mountains, encompassing Waterbury Village, Colbyville and Waterbury Center. A 20-minute drive from Montpelier, 30 minutes from Burlington, and midway between the resort areas of Stowe and the Mad River Valley, Waterbury sits at the intersection of three of Vermont’s most heavily traveled and scenic roads. Downtown is home to a colorful mix of residential neighborhoods, civic and cultural facilities, independent small businesses and the Ben & Jerry Factory.
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Newport lies on the southern shore of Lake Memphremagog just a few miles
south of the Quebec border. Visitors can pursue year-round outdoor
adventures, including boating, swimming, hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, and
Newport eateries source local foods and turn them into award winning
Burlington and its walkable waterfront are home to a thriving arts scene,
creative entrepreneurship, great shopping, three colleges and a university, and
a full range of four-season outdoor pursuits. Fountains, a brick-paved
pedestrian mall, and historic buildings ranging in style from Victorian to Art
Deco and Streamline Modern provide the backdrop for the Church Street
Marketplace. The nearby waterfront includes lakeside parks, ferry crossings,
excursion boats, and a 12.5-mile walk and bike path that connects to the Lake
Champlain Islands and its 200 miles of shorelines.
one of the best 100 small arts towns in America
Montpelier is the largest urban historic district in Vermont. Of the
exquisite historic buildings, the crown jewel is the impeccably restored State
House, one of the oldest and best preserved in the country. Three blocks away
is the city’s bustling business district where independently owned shops
offering books, recordings, clothing, fine crafts and pastries.
Cultural Heritage Museums Water Resources and the Environment Local
Food Wine and Beer Public Transport Initiatives
Originally settled in 1849 as an army outpost along the Trinity River, Fort Worth
was one of eight forts assigned to protect settlers on the advancing frontier.
The cattle industry was king for a generation of people working the Fort Worth
leg of the historic Chisholm Trail, which ran from the 1860s to the 1870s when
the Texas & Pacific Railway arrived. In the years that followed, oil and
aviation brought new wealth throughout the region.
post-war years found Fort Worth capitalizing on
its strengths as a transport, business and military center. Cultural pursuits
included the development of the city’s internationally acclaimed museum
district. The mid-1980s saw the start of a major revitalization of that city’s
downtown and the introduction of Sundance Square, a 35-block commercial,
residential, entertainment and retail district. Fort Worth’s red brick
buildings and its Western heritage live on as visitors can experience the Old
West beautifully preserved through the Stockyards National Historic District.
Food Brews and Spirits experience cowboy cuisine, trendy farm-to-table, authentic Mexican
and bayou fare. Highlights include beef briskets, pork ribs and locally grown,
organic artisan cheeses, alongside nicely paired wines. Artisanal distilleries
offer straight bourbon, premium blended whiskey and vodka made from black-eyed
peas. Also handcrafted beers, some brewed with milk, honey and sugar,
accompanied by live music and local food trucks.
The Outdoors the Trinity Trails extend through Fort Worth for over 40 miles along
the Trinity River with amenities for hikers, bikers, runners, and horseback
riders with connections to the Stockyards, Downtown, the Zoo and the Cultural
District. The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge is a 3621-acre preserved
natural area designated by the Department of the Interior as a National Natural
Landmark Site in 1980. Established in 1964 as the Greer Island Nature Center,
it has small, genetically pure bison herd, a resident prairie dog town, and the
prairie upon which they live. It is one of the largest urban parks of its type
in the United States.
for their architecture and the quality of their collections, the Cultural
District is home to six museums; Fort Worth is also home to museums
devoted to Western heritage and the city’s colorful past.
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring trailblazing women of the
American West. Its multimedia exhibits and historic photographs, papers,
clothing, spurs and saddles tell the stories of women pioneers, ranchers,
performers and rodeo stars.
Log Cabin Village 19th century Texas nestled on three acres and
nine historic structures, Texas history is portrayed through authentic log
homes, a blacksmith shop, a one-room schoolhouse, smokehouse, water-powered
gristmill and herb garden. Experience frontier chores, including candle making,
spinning and weaving.
The Modern Art Museum maintains one of the foremost collections of international modern and
contemporary art in the United States with works by Andy Warhol, Jackson
Pollock, and Mark Rothko are displayed in a concrete and glass building
surrounded by a reflecting pond.
The Kimbell Art Museum is a permanent
collection with major works by Fra Angelico, Velazquez, Bernini, Rembrandt,
Goya, Monet, Cezanne, Picasso, Mondrian and Matisse. It is also home to
Michelangelo’s first known painting. The collection comprises Asian and
non-Western as well as European art as well as traveling exhibits on display
throughout the year.
The American Airlines Museum is dedicated to commercial aviation and the world of flight.
Exhibits include hundreds of historical artifacts, photographs, full-scale
aircraft engines and a rare Douglas DC-3 airliner.
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Art Architecture Cuisine
Design Fashion and Shopping
Milan is located between the Po River, the Alps and Italian lakes region.
The concentric layout of the city center has been influenced by the Navigli, an
ancient system of navigable and interconnected canals, now mostly
covered. There are only few remains of the ancient Roman colony of
Mediolanum. Following the edict of Milan in 313 A.D., several basilicas were
built by the city gates, still standing and refurbished over the centuries. The
cathedral was built between 1386 and 1577, is the fifth largest in the world
and the most important example of Gothic architecture in Italy. In the 15th century,
an old fortress was enlarged and embellished to become the Castello Sforzesco,
the seat of an elegant Renaissance court surrounded by a walled hunting park.
Economy the Milan metro area generates approximately 9% of the national GDP
and is home to more than 8 percent of all businesses in Italy, including many
media and advertising agencies. Milan is a major world fashion center – 12,000
companies, 800 show rooms, and 6,000 sales outlets – and manufacturing center.
Other important products made here include chemicals, machinery,
pharmaceuticals and plastics. Other key sectors in the city’s economy are
advanced research in health and biotechnologies, engineering, banking and
Museums and Art Galleries the Brera Portrait Gallery holds one of the foremost collections of Italian paintings. The Sforza Castle hosts numerous art collections and exhibitions, especially statues, ancient arms and furniture. Leonardo Da Vinci worked here from 1482 until 1499 and was commissioned to paint the Virgin of the Rocks and the Last Supper. Milan was affected by the Baroque in the 17th and 18th centuries, hosting numerous artists, architects and painters of that period, such as Caravaggio. In the 20th century, the city was the epicenter of the Futurist artistic movement. The Museo del Novecento is a 20th Century art gallery with sections dedicated to Futurism, Spatialism and Poor Art.
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Music Milan is a major national and international center of the performing
arts, most notably opera. La Scala is considered one of the most prestigious
opera houses in the world, hosting the premieres of numerous operas since the
mid19th century. Other major
theatres in Milan include the Arcimboldi and the Lirico.The city also has a renowned symphony orchestra,
conservatory and is a major center for musical composition.
Fashion and Shopping a global capital in industrial design, fashion and architecture,
Milan is the commercial capital of Italy and one of Europe’s most dynamic
cities, it accounts for the lion’s share of the fashion trade, with some of the
most renowned fashion houses headquartered here. Its upscale fashion district
and Galleria, the world’s first shopping mall, offer the best shopping opportunities.
Architecture and Design the city’s modern skyscrapers and unique liberty style office and
apartment buildings make it a trend setter in architecture. Milan is also a
leader in high-quality furniture and interior design and is home to Europe’s
largest permanent trade exhibition – Fiera Milano – and one of the most
prestigious international furniture and design fairs. Milan has recently undergone
a massive urban renewal with several famous architects taking part in projects
such as EXPO 2015.
Food and Wine home to a proud culinary tradition, Milan specialties include classic
dishes like cotoletta alla milanese, cassoeula, stewed pork rib chops and
sausage with cabbage, ossobuco, risotto, busecca and brasato, salami and
gorgonzola cheese. Sweets include chiacchiere, panettone and tortelli. World-renowned
restaurants and cafés can be found in the historic center, Brera and Navigli
Travel Mobility Services Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation
The Concept a program
anchored in communities with a history as hub cities, hence a reliance on
connections and collaborations within and among regions, resulting in a
national trading platform with economies of scale utilizing historic trade
routes and state of the art products and services to the benefit of community commuters,
residents and visitors.
The Objective achieve economies of scale pricing in selected communities around the US in the areas of travel, destination management, transit, 5G, energy efficiency and water conservation.
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Ways and Means a build
operate and transfer project, unique to each community but connecting
participating towns via customer sharing, transit programs, energy management
and similar measures.
Participants a team of
product and services providers who provide know-how and resources to jump-start
projects in collaboration with local partners.
The BOT is established for a
set duration – 18 to 24 months, renewable – with transfer to local partners,
inclusive of training for local individuals, existing businesses, local
government and nonprofits, where applicable.
US and International Vacationers, Business Travelers and Commuters
Connecting air and rail metro hubs with micropolitan communities via
and Local Micro Transit hub and
spoke services to
client relationships and engage local product and service providers in:
a trading post and industrial hub a regional center of culture media and trade
Wichita lies on the Arkansas River in south-central Kansas, 157 mi (253 km) north of Oklahoma City, 181 mi (291 km) southwest of Kansas City, and 439 mi (707 km) east-southeast of Denver. The Arkansas follows a winding course, south-southeast through Wichita, roughly bisecting the city.
A Trading Post on the Chisholm Trail in the 1860s, it became a destination for cattle drives traveling north from Texas to Kansas railroads, earning it the nickname Cowtown.
Business opportunities attracted area hunters and traders, and a new settlement was organized as the Wichita Town Company, naming the settlement after the Wichita tribe. In the early 20th century, oil and natural gas deposits were discovered nearby triggering an economic boom in Wichita as producers established refineries, fueling stations, and headquarters in the city. Resources generated by the oil boom enabled local entrepreneurs to invest in airplane manufacturing. Except for a slow period in the 1970s, Wichita has continued to grow steadily into the 21st century as the city government and local organizations began collaborating to re-develop downtown Wichita and older neighborhoods in the city.
Neighborhoods include Old Town, a 50-acre area home to nightclubs, bars, restaurants, a movie theater, shops, apartments and condominiums, many of which make use of historical warehouse-type spaces. The two most notable residential areas of Wichita are Riverside and College Hill, along with Delano on the west side of the Arkansas River and Midtown in the north-central part of the city.
The Arts Wichita is a cultural center for Kansas and home to several art museums and performing arts groups. The Wichita Art Museum is the largest art museum in the state of Kansas with 7,000 works in permanent collections and the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University is a modern and contemporary art museum with over 6,300 works. Small art galleries are scattered around the city with some clustered in the districts of Old Town, Delano and south Commerce street. The music hub of central Kansas draws major acts from around the world, performing at concert halls, arenas and stadiums around the area.
Wichita Transit operates 53 buses on 18 fixed bus routes within the city providing over 2 million trips per year as well as a demand response paratransit service with 320,800 passenger trips annually. Intercity bus services connect Wichita with other Kansas towns, Oklahoma and Colorado. Wichita’s Bikeways cover 115 miles of which one third were added between 201 and 2018