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Smart city

What is a Smart City?

As a city, we should have a say in how technology fits into our community, and not the other way around. Technology should help us reach our goals of economic growth, compassion, equity, and efficiency. It should not confuse or hinder our progress.

This plan will be a living strategy document, updated annually, that helps Louisville Metro Government shape and guide the technological transformation of both our government and community as we build our Smart City. This will allow our government and community to adapt to and plan for changes in technology and emerging trends.

In the next 20 years, Louisville Metro, as a community and government organization, will be transformed by technology. We will have fiber optic cable to the home in every neighborhood; sensors that will collect information on everything from odors to noise pollution; autonomous vehicles on our streets; and on and on. Technology will drive change in our physical, economic, and digital environment. We must prepare for our technology-enabled world.

Our Smart City strategy aims to enhance the abilities of public service employees and citizens by empowering them to solve public problems through the use of existing and emerging technologies. It does this by starting with understanding the challenges our departments and community face and then incorporating technologies that can help solve the problems rather than thinking that technology alone will fix them. This problem-driven approach looks at the full-spectrum of technologies needed to enhance a service from platforms and infrastructure needed to support technologies, to the technologies themselves, and the data-management necessary to empower government employees and citizens to make data-driven decisions for our community.

Smart City Goals

Mobility

We will help solve systemic travel and safety issues for vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, while embracing emerging technologies like autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, and bus rapid transit

Health and Sustainability

We will use technology to better understand and solve the health and environmental challenges our community faces.

Public Safety

We will use technology to support the operations of our departments to improve the safety and well-being of Louisville’s residents

Economy and Innovation

We will promote economic development by making investments in areas, such as infrastructure, that make business investment more appealing and to make Louisville a frontrunner in providing innovative solutions for both the private market and our community..

Community and Citizenship

We will use technology to increase the transparency of our government and to create more opportunities for our citizens to co-create solutions for our civic problems