Smart Community Source is about building “smart” capacity in our communities. In other words, it is necessary to develop the skills and business acumen to adapt and embrace new technologies. Technology is both disrupting our communities and also creating new opportunities for growth. SCS represents a blueprint for developing smart community engagement and an execution plan for success.
Today, communities are facing a range of challenges that threaten the sustainability of the strong, viable economic model that is the foundation for quality of life in our communities. Urbanization has significant implications for rural America as we now know it, and the survival of many communities will only happen by closing the technology gap between communities that “have” and those that “have not.” Today, we are experiencing technology grow at a rapid or exponential pace. This growth increasingly results in disruption to organizations and our communities.
America continues to become even more urban. According to numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, 80.7 percent of the U.S. population lived in urban areas as of the 2010 Census, a boost from the 79 percent counted in 2000.
Frost & Sullivan research estimates a combined investment of $1.5 trillion that will be made globally for the smart city market in segments of energy, transportation, healthcare, building, infrastructure, and governance. If one compares that to GDP of nations in 2014, it would make up the 12th largest GDP in the world. While the potential has significant implications, the challenges are many, including leadership, finding funding and developing the right business model that leads to success. Many communities do not have the finances available to take on large-scale projects that will be required to develop smart communities.
SCS is a solution built with this understanding and focus in mind. SCS believes that through collaboration, shared resources, shared skills, shared knowledge and cooperation communities will have the ability to change the course to a healthy and “smart” community as outlined in the image below.
We are asking you as communities to join the team. Contact us to find out how you can become a Smart Community and for more information.