Smart Regions cannot be built in a silo. They require regional collaborations and interoperable solutions.


Our Resources Support Smart Growth



We help educate and align leaders around available resources and addressable opportunity areas looking through the lens of smart technologies and policies, and we provide those leaders with the technology standards and policy frameworks to effectively research, plan, fund, and deploy smart and connected solutions.


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We help leaders research, plan, fund, and deploy smart and connected technologies and strategies that create better places to live, work, and visit.

Smart Regions are about people. They use technology as a tool to improve people's lives. In doing so, they optimize or replace outdated systems and infrastructure, helping governments cut costs, generate new revenue, and create value for residents and visitors alike.




Regional Smart Cities Initiatives use community roundtables, leadership summits, and planning conferences to bring together collaborators dedicated to smart growth. We also work with leaders across sectors to navigate the challenges and opportunities related to 'smart cities' and the Internet of Things.




Our Story

The Regional Smart Cities Initiative was born out of a need to bring cohesiveness to the Smart Cities conversation taking place across the United States and around the world.  Venture Smarter launched Regional Smart Cities Initiatives to bring about collaboration communities and public-private partnerships among stakeholders beyond municipal boundaries, which will be the key to ensuring that implementation of smart cities solutions will be successful and sustainable.

The Regional Smart Cities Initiative has identified and defined four pillars of successful, livable, workable cities and regions - connectivity, mobility, security and sustainability.  Smart Regions connect municipalities (and groups of smart cities) that are using the Internet of Things, data aggregation, and other innovations that aid in the improvement of a city’s planning and services from these standpoints, ultimately making positive contributions to economic development and quality of life. 

The Regional Smart Cities Initiative officially launched at the Smart Cincy Summit, on April 25, 2017 at Union Hall.  The Smart Cincy Summit brought together stakeholders from around the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana region for panel discussions concerning the four pillars of smart growth, breakout sessions, networking, and speeches given by thought leaders in the Smart Cities space.  The Summit culminated with the establishment of the first Smart Region working group in the United States.



- Initiative Spotlight -

Smart Cincy is the Regional Smart Cities Initiative for Greater Cincinnati's Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Tri-state region.  To improve the quality of life for its citizens, this regional working group of leaders and community members is dedicated to the research, planning, funding, and deployment of connected smart city solutions.



Get To Know Venture Smarter

Venture Smarter was born out of a need to bring cohesiveness to smart city technology, policy, and community planning. We are dedicated to democratizing the smart city planning process and supporting interoperable solutions that create better places to live, work, and visit.


We care about standards, so we launched the IEEE working group to create P2784, The Guide for the Technology and Process to Build A Smart City. We also care about impact. So we launched Regional Smart Cities Initiatives to give leaders the tools to build smart and connected communities with solutions that reach beyond municipal limits focused on connectivity, mobility, and resilience.

Venture Smarter recently previewed a community portal for individual members, and has a number of exciting announcements planned for 2018 including an artificial intelligence to support smart city planning, an index to track smart cities and solutions, and a resource tool-kit for governments including planning guidelines, solution certifications, and several forms of project financing.

This means we help governments create and grow smart and connected infrastructure efforts that support residents, businesses, and visitors without straining municipal budgets. This means we help university leaders build impact and research communities around smart and connected technologies to push the limits of integrated research efforts.

And this means we work with businesses to capitalize on a growing market by building and deploying solutions that improve people's lives. Naturally, we work with each of these stakeholders as well as community groups to create, launch, and maintain public-private partnerships that use technology as a tool to improve outcomes for people.