Smart City Tools

Five keys to delivering the city (or state) your citizens want


As Illinois embarks on a journey to become America’s first smart state, it got valuable advice through a Smart States event about how to identify and build people-centered solutions, which is at the heart of governance. Read on for five tips that you can put to work as you craft your own strategies.

Microsoft's new partnership = more solutions for your smart city


City leaders don't need to reinvent the wheel every time they come up against a problem in their smart city implementations. There are companies they can turn to for help. One of them -- Microsoft -- has a new partner bringing several IT solutions to the initiative it created to help cities become more efficient, more economically competitive and more livable.

How the Poverty Stoplight assessment tool empowers the poor


In a 30-minute online assessment, poor people visualize the dimensions of their poverty and map a way out. Developed by a microfinance organization in Paraguay, the Poverty Stoplight tool is now being used in 18 countries. Would it work in your community? Click to find out.

Global workshops promote smart city readiness


Developed specifically for government officials and technology engineers, the Council's Smart Cities Readiness Workshops promote an interactive learning environment to help participants assess their city's readiness to innovate. Click for details on upcoming workshops you may wish to attend or to learn how your organization can host a Readiness Workshop.

Need a partner? Navigant ranks top smart city vendors


Vendors play a critical role as cities work toward smart infrastructure upgrades to enhance livability and economic vitality. Now Navigant Research has released a report that lists and ranks the suppliers it considers most capable of helping cities reach their goals. (We're not boasting, but the top five are Council partners.)

New standard aims to help cities develop climate action plans, attract financing


The first widely endorsed standard for cities to measure and report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was launched last month. It aims to help cities develop climate action plans and access climate financing. A free Jan. 20 webinar will focus on the standard; click for details.