Policy frameworks and tools

Statescoop: Smart state initiative sails onward in Illinois


State officials and partners gathered to map out their strategy for transforming Illinois into a smart state at the Smart State Roadmap Workshop recently. The two-day workshop, held by the Smart Cities Council, addressed sensors and Internet of Things, citizen engagement, services delivery and much more.

How standards help Washington, D.C. accelerate smart cities efforts


As Washington, D.C. moves forward with its work to build the smart city its leaders envision, the importance of standards that consistently assure interoperability of all its elements is becoming clear. Click for insights and lessons learned so far from the DowntownDC Business Improvement District.

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


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.

Do smart cities matter? Ask the energy industry


As the energy industry moves forward with the work of transforming an antiquated electricity network into a strong, resilient, responsive and reliable 21st century electric grid you may wonder who or what is shaping our energy future. Read the story to learn how and why smart cities are becoming more influential in the direction that future is taking.

Cities want to get smarter, so why is it taking so long? (What you can do to move faster)


Most cities and utilities see the smart cities transformation as truly revolutionary. But despite that, the latest Black & Veatch survey finds they’re moving slower in that direction. Learn about the obstacles they see in their way and how you can leap over them so you don’t get left behind.