Happy Residents

“Small Cities can be smart too.”

Mayor Eugene W. Grant has been leading The City of Seat Pleasant, Maryland, “A Smart City of Excellence ” through successful and innovative methods and providing executive municipal leadership since 2004.

Mayor's Message

Welcome to the official website of the City of Seat Pleasant: “A Smart City of Excellence”. This page has been designed to Engage, Educate, and Empower. Here, you will be able to access information pertaining to our Legislative and Administrative arms of government that will help you learn more about Seat Pleasant. Additionally, you will learn about our past accomplishments, current projects, and future goals. In 2016, the City Council voted to designate Seat Pleasant a Smart City making it the WORLD’S FIRST AUTHENTIC SMALL SMART CITY.

To that end, we are on the journey. With a substantial loan from USDA Rural Development positioning us to transform our city and significantly better serve our people. Seat Pleasant is becoming a place where you can live, work, play and want to stay. The future is now for Seat Pleasant and we invite you to join us on our journey.

About The Mayor

Mayor Eugene W. Grant has been leading the City of Seat Pleasant, MD, “A Smart City of Excellence” through successful innovative methods and providing executive municipal leadership since 2004.

In 2017, Mayor Grant signed an agreement with IBM to build a $30 million cloud-based, Intelligent Operations Center in the City of Seat Pleasant, a Smart City of Excellence. This multi-year endeavor will elevate Seat Pleasant to become the FIRST AUTHENTIC SMALL SMART CITY in the world.

In addition to this significant accomplishment, Mayor Grant successfully petitioned the United States Department of Agriculture to designate Seat Pleasant as a “Rural Community,” potentially giving the city access to millions of dollars of federal grants and funding. Because of the Mayor’s continual efforts, he is currently using $4.1 million in Rural Development financing to remodel City Hall and the Maintenance Building into Smart Buildings.

Mayor Grant has automated the city’s Finance Department, increasing accountability and transparency to the citizens. Seat Pleasant is also the first small city in the state of Maryland to utilize Budgeting for Outcomes, which has improved the effectiveness and efficiency of the Finance Department. His leadership created the opportunity for Seat Pleasant to become the first city in the country to obtain security clearance to fly police drones in the No Fly Zone over the nation’s capital, optimizing the city’s ability to provide better safety to the region during times of uncertainty.

As the principle promoter for Seat Pleasant, a Smart City of Excellence, Mayor Grant has presented his vision for a center of innovation, information, and investment in front of some of the world’s leading tech companies, emerging tech companies specializing in the Internet of Things and potential impact and social impact investors and angel investors.

In 2017, Mayor Grant has promoted the city as a model for other small cities, towns, and  villages at the United Nations Headquarters in New York; spoken at panels at Smart Cities Week in California and Washington, D.C. and with the American Association of Blacks in Energy; presented the FIRST ever TEDx Talk presentation in the history of the Maryland Municipal Summer Conference; and, presented potential strategic partnerships with Harrisburg University and Oklahoma University to continue to build upon the foundation establishing Seat Pleasant as a Smart City of Excellence.

Years in office

Longest serving Mayor in Seat Pleasant history since his election into office in 2004. 

Happy Residents

Assuring city services are delivered to citizens in an effective, efficient, & equitable manner. Serving as a catalyst for developing community-wide goals.

Million USD

In 2017, Mayor Grant signed an agreement with IBM to build a $30 million cloud-based, Intelligent Operations Center in the City of Seat Pleasant, a Smart City of Excellence. 

Smart City Presentations Worldwide

International Smart City Presentations

U.S Cities

Mayor’s Moments Blog.

In this episode of the Mayor’s Moment’s Blog, Mayor Eugene W. Grant presents at the 2020 CityWorksXPO in Winter Haven Florida at the Historic Ritz Theatre. 

SEAT PLEASANT, MD ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIPS TO ADDRESS COVID-19

SEAT PLEASANT, MD ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIPS TO ADDRESS COVID-19

SEAT PLEASANT, MD ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH AMAZON, SPRINT, EAGLEFORCE, AND FREEDMAN’S HEALTH TO LAUNCH NATIONAL TELEHEALTH PROGRAM TO ADDRESS COVID-19
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Mayor’s Moments: City Works XPO, Winter Haven, Florida

Mayor’s Moments: City Works XPO, Winter Haven, Florida

Mayor Eugene W Grant, presenting at the 2020 CityWorksXpo at The Historic Ritz Theatre in Winter Haven, Florida. A Gathering of Great Ideas for Better Places.
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Mayor’s Moments: Census Safety & Confidentiality

Mayor’s Moments: Census Safety & Confidentiality

Latest Episode: Mayor Grant discusses safety and confidentiality guidelines regarding information for the 2020 Census
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Mayor’s Moments: State Of The City 2020 recap

Mayor’s Moments: State Of The City 2020 recap

Watch the quick recap to hear about how a small town got its claim to fame as The World's FIRST Authentic Small, Smart City!
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Mayor’s Moments- Proclamation

Mayor’s Moments- Proclamation

On Feb 18, 2020, Mayor Eugene W. Grant was honored with a proclamation for his efforts in Smart City Transformations for the City of Seat Pleasant. The award was presented by The Prince George's County Council members, including Calvin S. Hawkins.
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Mayor’s Moments- Citizens’ Right to Information
Mayor’s Moments- The CGS + The CCC
Mayor’s Moment- 2020 Census

Mayor’s Moment- 2020 Census

Mayor Grant highlights the importance of the upcoming 2020 Census and its role in Seat Pleasant Maryland, A Smart City of Excellence.
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Mayor’s Moments- Economic Development

Mayor’s Moment- Homeless Campout

Mayor Eugene W. Grant participates in the annual event to raise funds and awareness on the ongoing homelessness crisis 
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Mayor’s Moments- Public Engagement

Mayor Grant discusses the importance and significance of the city's Public Engagement Department 
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Mayor’s Moments- A Year End Review

We release the final episode of the Mayor’s Moment Video Blog for 2019. As we end the stellar 2019 year we do so with great pride and gratefulness of our accomplishments and the opportunity to serve. It has been a good year and we couldn’t be more proud.
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Seat Pleasant NCC

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State Senator Benson

State Senator Benson

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