With resources and support available, Smart Regions Initiatives (formally Regional Smart Cities Initiatives) are designed to empower communities of all sizes to build smart cities and regions that put people first. The efforts revolve around education, engagement, and action rooted in best-practices, interoperability, and resilience.

Tools and programs prioritize multi-jurisdictional coordination and interdisciplinary collaboration because we believe that each stakeholder in a region, including the county officials, regional council of governments, and municipal leaders need to be aligned and engaged to accelerate smart regional growth.

Chairman: Zack Huhn
Executive Director: Rhonda Binda
Program Manager: Jamie Sordo


Thriving Smart Regions...


-  Bolster local economies with smart development rooted in connectivity, mobility, security, and sustainability

-  Reach beyond municipal limits and enable smaller communities to implement smart city solutions

-  Seamlessly implement smart and connected technologies and strategies in our urban cores, suburbs, and rural areas

-  Use technology as a tool to create better places to live, work, and visit

-  Leverage data, analytics, and the internet of things to optimize or altogether replace our outdated infrastructure and government systems

-  Promote equitable, accessible solutions, improving quality of life and economic opportunity for all people, regardless of socioeconomic or geographical barriers

-  Alleviate strained government budgets by cutting costs, generating revenue, and creating better experiences for everyone


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.

Our leadership team works with leaders from all across the country to launch local and regional smart city working groups and actively supports regional collaborations driven by technology standards and an agile planning framework.

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.


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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.