Government, academic, business, and community leaders are collaborating to use technology as a tool to improve outcomes for residents, businesses, and institutions, alike. Smart Cincy is a working group dedicated to building smart cities and connected communities throughout Greater Cincinnati's Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Region. Smart Cincy efforts put people, not products, at the forefront of planning and technolgoy standards and planning guidelines are in line with IEEE Smart Cities Technology and Planning Standards, which, coincidentally, were co-produced by Venture Smarter, Nexigen, and University of Cincinnati leaders, meaning Cincinnati has an impactful role in smart city development across the nation and around the world.

Collaboration drives smart city success stories.

Working with leaders and community members to research, plan, fund, and deploy smart city solutions to improve the quality of life for people in Greater Cincinnati.

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Smart Cincy represents a regional working group of leaders from across Greater Cincinnati dedicated to building an interoperable region of connected smart city solutions that reach beyond municipal boundaries. These efforts lean on the four pillars of smart city planning: connectivity, mobility, security, and sustainability. These solutions use technology and innovation to create accessible, equitable economic development and social mobility opportunities for residents regardless of socioeconomic or geographical barriers, enhancing workability and livability in our region. Smart Cincy is a nonprofit organization supported by government, academic, and business leaders throughout Greater Cincinnati. The group is working to research, plan, fund, and implement smart city solutions supporting shared community goals and visions. Smart Cincy has received thousands of signatures on the letter of support, hosted dozens of community engagement events, and successfully launched the first Smart Cincy thought leadership summit this past Spring. Join us in October at the Smart Regions Conference complete with Drone Racing and the Midwest’s first IoT and Innovation Showcase.



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“Smart Cities:” It’s more than just a couple of buzzwords.  

It’s about using big data to guide our planning practices. It’s about mobilizing technology to create cities that are more livable, workable, attractive to talent, and friendly to business. It’s about implementing best practices that are replicable, affordable, and sustainable.

But there’s a problem: Scope.

The purpose of the Smart Cincy Summit is to dive into that problem. We’ll bring leaders from the public and private sectors together to educate, share ideas, hear concerns, and align goals. We’ll officially introduce the world to the Regional Smart Cities Initiative, and we’ll establish our country’s first Smart Region.



The four pillars of smart planning are vital to the success of Smart Cities and the Regional Smart City Initiative. While each is important in its own way, the four are interdependent.  


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More than just a pillar, Connectivity is the foundation of smart planning. Internet of Things sensors rely on their ability to transmit data in real time, which aid in smart planning decisions. Furthermore, connectivity has become a utility, equal in importance to gas and electricity. The Internet is making our world smaller, connecting our rural communities to our urban cores, and creating jobs along the way.



Improvements to our existing physical transportation infrastructure are necessary to accommodate population growth and business needs. But mobility is about more than getting from place to place; it’s about providing access to education and job training, advancing careers and growing businesses.



Physical and cybersecurity are equally important in a connected region. IoT-provided data can identify problem areas and guide law enforcement strategies, while state-of-the-art encryption and active network surveillance protect our businesses, schools, municipal networks, and IoT sensors from malicious intrusions.


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By being mindful of sustainability during the construction of new buildings and the implementation of other Smart Cites solutions, we can reduce costs while protecting our natural resources and improving quality of life. Sustainable practices provide benefits across all sectors, from agriculture to heavy industry, from residential to commercial and everywhere in between.




We want to time-compress smart implementations including considerations of next generation infrastructure projects to help create a global model for regional, smart growth.

Smart Cincy
  • Revitalizing main street America starting with connectivity solutions in rural, suburban, and urban areas.
  • Encouraging sustainable practices in key sectors from Energy to agriculture.
  • Considering available solutions for smart land use and managed congestion.
  • Promoting economic development and emerging innovations.
  • Promoting economic development and emerging innovations.
  • Enabling healthy cities and sustainable food systems.
  • Initiating Regional collaborations among municipal, county, state, federal, and private interests.
  • Accessing available grants and leveraging available resources.
  • Supporting clean water and clean air initiatives.
  • Auditing and improving public safety and cyber-security.
  • Improving access to education and job training.
  • Replacing, improving, and creating government digital systems and policies.
  • Exploring nextgen infrastructure and transportation solutions.