What is a Smart Community?



Smart communities invest in local commerce, and feed wealth back into their communities. They breed opportunity for citizens across lines of race, class, age, and gender, and retain the talents of a diverse workforce.

Smart communities are strategic, purposeful, and resourceful. They are driven by long-term commitments to safeguard their natural resources and economic opportunities for future generations, and are characterized by a deep commitment to preserving the beauty, vitality, and equity of the region. This level of dedication is reflected in their approaches to land use, transportation, infrastructure, real estate, education, healthcare, and employment. Smart communities work closely with regional partners to connect local efforts to a larger community vision for the good of the region. They invest in local commerce, and they feed wealth back into their communities. They breed opportunity for citizens across lines of race, class, age, and gender, and retain the talents of a diverse workforce. They ensure equal access to quality education, jobs, and healthcare in order to secure the health and human dignity of their populace. They protect their ecological assets from destruction or degradation, promote renewable energy solutions, and practice sustainable development.

SCI is founded upon the idea that universities and communities should work together to improve the health and vitality of their areas. Through the leveraging of interdisciplinary research and scholarship, community dialogue, human capacity, and innovation, municipal and university partners will collaborate toward the pursuit of smarter, more vibrant communities.