Economic development

Is your city on the wrong side of the Great Divergence? Better fix it if you want jobs and talent

Wed, 2016-03-02 19:30 -- Doug Peeples

Have you ever wondered why some cities seem to be able to draw all the talent they need to be successful while others just can't catch a break? To answer that question, we're sharing highlights from an article that explains why it happens and steps cities can take to avoid falling behind. Your city may be doing fine, but it could probably do better.

How New York City turns a call for help into an opportunity

Wed, 2016-02-24 19:30 -- Doug Peeples

New York City has pressing problems with waste, energy, water and more. When city officials realized they couldn't solve them on their own, they decided to ask for help. Not just any help. They want the best and brightest. Read the story to learn how the city plans to attract the talent it needs -- and why it might be a good fit for your city too.

Want jobs for the chronically under-employed? Try this technique from Veolia

Fri, 2016-02-19 19:30 -- Doug Peeples

When Council Associate Partner Veolia needed employees for its street cleaning operations in the UK, it collaborated with a government agency and a college to set up a training academy -- and offered the training opportunity to local people who had been struggling to find a job for a very long time, many of them for years.

Four reasons you should help other cities get smart. (Three of them are entirely selfish.)

Wed, 2016-02-17 19:30 -- Doug Peeples

If you're a city leader committed to a smart city transformation, you know the challenges well: It's a disruptive to dismantle what once was and build in its place a livable, economically vibrant and sustainable city. So why would you take on even more challenges to help smaller communities become smart too? Jesse Berst passes along four good reasons, including three ways to help yourself by helping others.

Is your city startup-friendly? Cisco and NUMA may have a deal for you

Wed, 2016-02-17 19:30 -- Doug Peeples

Paris-based startup accelerator NUMA, along with Council Lead Partner Cisco and other collaborators, built such a bustling startup ecosystem in France over the past few years it wants to take its show on the road and work with cities in countries from Central America to Southeast Asia. Read on to learn more about the strategy.

Why Thailand wants smart cities -- and which one will be the first

Wed, 2016-01-27 19:30 -- SCC Staff

Smart cities figure heavily in Thailand's national policy to embrace a digital economy and become a digital hub for the region. As part of its strategy the Thai government recently selected one of its most popular tourist destinations, the island of Phuket (pronounced Poo-ket), for the first of its smart city pilot projects.

Augmented reality has arrived in Palm Springs and Fort Lauderdale. Why you should be next

Fri, 2016-01-15 03:48 -- SCC Partner

Augmented reality, heralded as the next big paradigm shift in computing, has arrived and pioneering cities like Palm Springs and Fort Lauderdale are already using it as a key part of their tourism and economic development efforts. See why it’s worth your attention for 2016.

Smart cities evolution: Is your city keeping up?

Fri, 2016-01-15 01:21 -- Doug Peeples

The researchers with Council Associate Partner IDC are back with their smart cities predictions for 2016. The primary focus remains a combination of sustainable development, livability and economic growth. However, that focus will be more sharply defined in the next few years. Read the story for a quick glimpse into the near future -- and a mistake most cities are expected to make.

How Jaipur got ahead in the race to create innovation zones

Fri, 2015-12-18 20:20 -- Doug Peeples

While India’s central government works toward its goal of 100 smart cities, some cities and states are taking matters into their own hands and striking out on their own. Read our story to learn how the city of Jaipur is developing a smart city infrastructure and services – with considerable help from Smart Cities Council partners Cisco, GE and Qualcomm.

Want to attract investment? What you can learn from Asia's top 2 cities

Fri, 2015-12-18 20:20 -- Kevin Ebi

Every city would love to boost economic growth, but what’s the best way to do that? There are some strong lessons in the latest ranking of Asia-Pacific Cities of the Future. See how Singapore once again maintained its firm grip on the top spot — and how Tokyo jumped from ninth to second in a single year.