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Data Points Podcast Episode 56 - What is a Smart City?

Being a Smart City is a new hot goal for cities. From Singapore to Amsterdam and anywhere in between, cities are trying to become smarter and implementing projects that include “smart city” components. But what does it mean? What makes a city smart and what components make a project relevant for smart cities?

Because of the variety of concepts and definitions (check out the Wikipedia page for a long list of possibilities) we take a deeper look at Smart Cities in this episode. Along with our guest and friend of the podcast, GovEx’s Director of Applied Research Katherine Klosek, we discuss how GovEx defines smart cities, how to make residents and their needs a central piece of smart cities strategy, and several examples of Smart Cities implementation in the US from Colorado Springs, CO, Louisville, KY, and Columbus, OH.

If you want to learn more or are interested in getting started implementing a Smart Cities strategy, check out GovEx’s Smart Cities Guide and get in touch with us at if you have any further questions.

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