Smaller Cities Strategies

January 09, 2018

The Studebaker plant in South Bend, Ind., shut down in 1963, leaving a lasting mark on the town. The six-story, 800,000-square foot building is still there. First built in 1923, the hulking brick structure has long overshadowed other signs of vibrancy in South Bend, including a stadium where a... read more

November 27, 2017

Midsize cities have a new, free open data portal available to them, for analytics and community engagement around innovative civic solutions, in Open Data America. More than 500 cities had pertinent datasets compiled on their behalf at launch for public use and visualization.

September 27, 2017

Smart city technologies such as self-driving cars, connected streetlights and sensor-laden trash cans are certainly all the rage in cities these days. But before these connected technologies can take hold and begin delivering benefits to cities big and small, local governments must put the back-... read more

September 14, 2017

Smaller cities often possess the nimbleness to act quickly in areas of developing and deploying smart city technologies. But they also tend to lack the big budgets for the sort of large projects seen in a major metro.

July 18, 2017

Seattle. Denver. Austin. Kalamazoo.

They’re not often spoken of in the same breath. But they could be.

Kalamazoo’s Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 master plan and strategic vision process is close to its end.

July 13, 2017

Smart Cities aren't always big cities. The Town of Cary, North Carolina, is a perfect example. Thanks to a clear vision and a strong partnership with local firm SAS, Cary has developed into one of the smarter communities in the country.

July 12, 2017

Simple and intuitive interfaces have transformed the user experience in consumer technologies, raising consumer expectations for better applications and services. This dynamic applies just as much to the smart city context. Residents don't just expect better services, they also want greater... read more

July 06, 2017

Government has an IT gap. Large cities and counties, able to afford the digital infrastructure, platforms and software applications that the public sector increasingly relies on to deliver services, are pulling ahead of smaller cities and towns that get by with servers in closets, out-of-date... read more

June 29, 2017

“This is space camp for city geeks.”

April 26, 2017

Louis Hyman's recent piece in The New York Times Sunday Review, "The Myth of Main Street," presents a bleak choice for rural and rust-belt America: persist in hopeless efforts to rebuild your downtown or graciously accept a future of telecommuting for a distant corporation. The former... read more

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