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Voting opens for America's smartest municipalities

IDC Government Insights has named the 35 cities, states, counties and universities to make the finals of its second annual Smart Cities North America Awards.

Finalists are recognised for progress in creating and sustaining smart city projects
Finalists are recognised for progress in creating and sustaining smart city projects

IDC has recognised 35 municipalities as finalists in the second annual Smart Cities North America Awards (SCNAA) and is inviting the public to vote on them.


The awards were designed to recognise the progress North American municipalities have made in executing smart cities projects, as well as provide a forum for sharing best practices to help accelerate smart city development in the region.


Finalists include cities, states, counties, and universities.


Forward-thinking municipalities


Finalists in the SCNAA illustrate best practice examples of how forward-thinking municipalities are effectively leveraging technology and innovation to offer new services and economic opportunities and to meet the needs and expectations of citizens and residents.


The municipalities were chosen for “unprecedented progress” in creating and sustaining smart city projects across the following 12 categories:

  • Administration
  • Civic engagement
  • Digital equity and accessibility
  • Economic development, tourism, arts, libraries, culture, open spaces
  • Education
  • Public safety
  • Smart buildings
  • Smart water
  • Sustainable nfrastructure
  • Transportation – connected and autonomous vehicles, public transit, ride-hailing/ride-sharing
  • Transportation – transportation infrastructure
  • Urban planning and land use.

"We are overwhelmed by the progress North American cities have made in deploying and maintaining innovative smart city projects, designed to support economic growth and improve the lives of residents," said Ruthbea Yesner, global lead, IDC Government Insights.


"We are grateful to be able to shine a spotlight on these successful projects and to encourage continued innovation as these finalists set the standard for outstanding smart city project execution.".


The public can vote on the named finalists at IDC Smart Cities North America Awards.


Winners will be announced 9 April 2019 and the awards will be presented at the Smart Cities New York on 14 May 2019 in New York City.


To learn more about the finalists, visit Government Smart Cities Awards.


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