Regional Smart Cities Initiatives

are non-for-profit efforts that educate and align interdisciplinary groups of leaders around available tools and resources, so they can effectively research, plan, fund, and build smart cities and connected communities. 

We help each stakeholder navigate the technologies and policies required to do just that, and we give them the resources to collaborate and execute efficiently.

Smart Cities will not happen on their own, and they cannot be built in silos. They require regional collaborations and interoperable solutions...
— Zack Huhn, Chairman, IEEE Smart Cities Standards Subcommittee
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Thriving smart regions will bolster local economies with smart development rooted in connectivity, mobility, security, and sustainability.  We will use technology as a tool to create better places to live, work, and visit; ultimately leveraging data, analytics, and the Internet of Things to optimize or altogether replace our outdated infrastructure and government systems.  Smart Regions promote equitable, accessible solutions for all residents and visitors, regardless of socioeconomic or physical barriers.  And of course, these new solutions alleviate otherwise strained budgets by cutting costs, generating revenue, and creating better experiences for everyone.

In order to mitigate risks and guarantee sound, outcomes-driven planning, Smart Regions should use a technology standard and planning framework such as IEEE-SA P2784: The Guide to the Technology and Planning Process to Build A Smart Region.  Smart Regions efforts help engage local, county, state, and regional leaders around best practices and available tools to streamline such efforts.  


Our Intended Impact


- Connectivity -


Collaborating to create an interoperable layer of smart city connectivity


Connectivity has become a utility, equal in importance to gas and electricity. The Internet is making our world smaller, connecting our rural communities to our urban cores, and creating jobs along the way. Connectivity is the foundation of smart planning. Internet of Things sensors rely on their ability to transmit data in real time, which aid in smart planning decisions.


- Mobility -


Creating equitable and accessible transit and transportation systems and strategies


Improvements to our existing physical transportation infrastructure are necessary to accommodate population growth and business needs. But mobility is about more than getting from place to place; it’s about providing access to education and job training, advancing careers and growing businesses.


- Resilience -


Addressing threats and vulnerabilities head-on leveraging smart planning and technology


Resilience means we address our most urgent problems head-on and get predictive about risk and threat mitigation including in cybersecurity, defeating the digital divide, environmental and economic sustainability, and even fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic that is crippling our towns


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