Smart Cincy - Cincinnati Smart Cities Initiatives

Making Cincinnati a better place to live, work, and visit

Bringing together interdisciplinary, interagency, and otherwise disparate community groups to ensure all 52 neighborhoods in the City of Cincinnati, and all 8 counties in the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Region are a part of building a smarter Greater Cincinnati

Connectivity is the foundation upon which we will build a smarter Cincinnati, and Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Region.  


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100% Connected

Connecting people, places, things, and information 



100% Mobile

Efficiently and effectively moving people and goods while bolstering social mobility and economic development



100% Resilient

Ensuring cyberphysical security, public safety, and personal privacy


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100% Sustainable

Prioritizing environmental, energy, financial, and community sustainability




Smart Cincy is dedicated to making Cincinnati a better place to live, work, and visit by using technology as a tool to optimize or altogether replace outdated infrastructure, policies, and digital systems. Smart Cincy is a public-private-partnership in Cincinnati, OH led by interdisciplinary and interagency collaborators from The City of Cincinnati, The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, The University of Cincinnati, CVG International Airport, Cincinnati Metro, Venture Smarter, Cintrifuse, and hundreds of collaborating businesses and organizations.

Smart Cincy announced Smart Cincy Development goals last quarter to ensure Cincinnatian's are 100% connected and 100% mobile by 2021. This means we are working together to defeat the digital divide, working to ensure all residents have access to networks, devices, and digital literacy training where needed, and to ensure all residents have access to equitable transportation and transit options. We are creating a test-bed for smart city innovations, where solutions deployed will improve the quality of life for all people regardless of socioeconomic or physical barriers. Smart connectivity solutions will use data and analytics powered by IoT to monitor the things we care about, optimize public service delivery for residents, and defeat the digital divide for residents and businesses. Smart mobility solutions will not only connect people to jobs, education, healthcare, and entertainment, but also prove to reduce congestion, mitigate environmental impact, and alleviate otherwise strained municipal transportation budgets.

A partnership between the City of Cincinnati, OKI Regional Council of Governments, The University of Cincinnati, Metro, CVG International Airport, the Tri State Logistics Council, Cintrifuse, and Venture Smarter has begun assessing the feasibility of, and eventually deploying connected smart mobility corridors in three phases following tests in a control environment: (1) connecting downtown to uptown; (2) connecting downtown to the airport; (3) connecting the downtown core to surrounding neighborhoods and suburbs. Solutions being considered include shared mobility lanes, bus rapid transit, autonomous shuttles, ride sharing, intelligent traffic systems, multi-modal corridors including biking and walking, signal prioritizations, and even next generation transportation infrastructure such as Hyperloop and personal rapid transit. 

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 inclusion and social mobility.
  • 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.