Federal Trade Arm, the U.S. Commercial Service Provides Support for CH2M Contract to Manage Development of India’s First Smart Capital City
DENVER – With support from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s trade promotion arm the U.S. Commercial Service, CH2M and the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh Capital Regional Development Authority have entered into a contract to develop Amaravati as India’s first smart capital city. CH2M was selected as program manager to implement major infrastructure developments integrating digital technologies and intelligent design to transform Amaravati into a technologically-advanced capital city. The U.S. Commercial Service helps U.S. companies facilitate such partnerships to promote beneficial trade relationships with business and economic development.
“India presents tremendous opportunities for U.S. firms, like CH2M, to assist with the country’s growth vision to become an economic powerhouse in the 21st century. As a leader in smart city development, we are pleased to facilitate the opportunity for CH2M to work on India’s first smart capital city, Amaravati,” said Arun Kumar, Director General of the U.S. Commercial Service and Assistant Secretary for Global Markets, U.S. Department of Commerce.
India ranks third in the world’s economies, and with approximately 1.28 billion people it is one of the most populous countries in the world. Recognizing India’s imminent growth potential, the U.S. Commercial Service took the lead in working with the Government of India to unlock opportunities for U.S. companies to contribute to India’s smart city development and urban infrastructure initiatives.
As the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati, located on the banks of the Krishna River, will become the first among India’s planned smart capital cities to be mobilized and developed. With a focus on sustainability, information and communication technology and innovation, strategic growth, quality and safety, the new capital city will create a range of economic and sustainable opportunities for residents. Setting a new international benchmark for global economic development, the city will offer high-tech and knowledge-based jobs, making it more globally competitive.
“CH2M is honored to deliver this important project for the Andhra Pradesh Capital Regional Development Authority. Utilizing best practices from other international urban centers, we are excited to lead the program management and project management of the government complex of this new smart capital city,” said Greg McIntyre, president of CH2M’s State and Local Governments sector.
As program and project manager for Phase 1 of Capital City Amaravati, CH2M is responsible for program management for developing the city infrastructure spreading over 217-square kilometers and project management for world-class government complex consisting of the High Court and State Assembly Building.
CH2M’s work to develop India’s next iconic, smart and sustainable capital city in the State of Andhra Pradesh comes 70 years after the partition of India in 1947, when Chandigarh was established as a planned capital for the states of Punjab and Haryana.
CH2M leads the professional services industry delivering sustainable solutions benefiting societal, environmental and economic outcomes with the development of infrastructure and industry. In this way, CH2Mers make a positive difference providing consulting, design, engineering and management services for clients in water; environment and nuclear; transportation; energy and industrial markets, from iconic infrastructure to global programs like the Olympic Games. Ranked among the World’s Most Ethical Companies and top firms in environmental consulting and program management, CH2M in 2016 became the first professional services firm honored with the World Environment Center Gold Medal Award for efforts advancing sustainable development. Connect with CH2M at www.ch2m.com; LinkedIn; Twitter; and Facebook.
About U.S. Commercial Service, Department of Commerce
The U.S. Commercial Service is the primary Export Promotion, Market Access, and Investment Promotion Agency of the U.S. Government. The organization levels the playing field around the globe for U.S. businesses and workers; helps small and medium-sized enterprises expand globally; eliminates unfair trade barriers and practices overseas; advocates for U.S. firms competing for public contracts abroad; and attracts job-creating foreign direct investment into the United States.