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The Need for a Vision



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PLANNING VACUUM

72% believe their community isn't doing enough to address the economic situation or can't tell.

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GROWING URBANIZATION

By 2050, two-thirds of the world population is projected to be urban.

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INFRASTRUCTURE STRESS

$40 trillion in infrastructure spending is needed to meet future standards, but only $24 trillion is projected.

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INCREASING COMPETITION

77% of Americans agree that communities that plan for the future are stronger and more resilient.

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GROWING EXPECTATIONS

55% of Millennials would be seriously influenced to move to a community if it had walking/jogging/bike trails.

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EXPONENTIAL TECHNOLOGY

By 2020, the number of devices connected to the internet is expected to exceed 40 billion.


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Action Items



DEVELOPING COMMUNITY LEADERS

Communities must develop leaders who can create a vision and lead change. A more complex community framework will be necessary for economic success. Leaders must embrace a culture of stewardship and a cooperative spirit for strategically building tomorrow's communities. We must understand that making investments is critical as we move to a more digital society. Key businesses and organizational leaders must embrace corporate social responsibility (CSR) to establish the necessary capacity to move a community forward.

ALLIANCES & SMART ECOSYSTEM

To be sustainable, communities must leverage smart innovations. A repository of collective intelligence and available resources must be developed in order to maximize scale. We must embrace a more engaging platform among civic leaders that leads to cooperation and buy-in to the smart community vision. We must transform the current governance framework to a more collaborative and involving structure.

PLACEMAKING

Communities must inventory and assess critical infrastructure (roads, electrical, water, waste, etc.) and evaluate the short and long-term goals and the integration of smart technologies. Standards related to buildings and homes that encourage and incentivize the adoption of smart technologies must be established. We must be strategic in developing land for sustainable and smart development.

QUALITY OF LIFE

Communities must make citizens aware of how quality of life within the community can be improved through smart programs. We must foster an environment that promotes health and wellness. Citizens need neighborhoods that are safe and provide the access to quality amenities. Communities must develop a collaborative and coordinated economic development program that creates good paying jobs.





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