Economic development

Learn from 3 cities that aren't losing business to the internet

Wed, 2016-06-22 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

While online retailers have been stealing business from traditional stores, three British cities have launched ambitious efforts to bring shoppers back. And it’s working. From smart parking and payments to strategic development, read on for ideas you can use to make your downtown vibrant.

What you can learn from Manchester's new innovation center

Wed, 2016-06-15 06:09 -- Doug Peeples

Cisco is collaborating on a new innovation center in Manchester to provide support and guidance to start-up companies and their technologies in the areas of smart cities, IoT, digital healthcare and more. Manchester's a big, bustling city with equally big ambitions, but our story may give you some ideas on how collaboration can work for your city.

Can you flood-proof your city? Here's what they are doing in the UK

Wed, 2016-06-08 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Just as drought has affected regions of the world that rarely if ever had a shortage of water, other areas are suffering from unexpected catastrophic floods. Council Lead Partner CH2M is working with government agencies in the UK to pinpoint risks and identify the best possible strategies to protect against floods well into the future. (There are economic benefits, too.)

Why a major Chinese city's betting big on smart street lights

Wed, 2016-06-08 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

A recently completed connected smart street lighting trial went so well in Tianjin, China, the city's government wants to greatly expand the deployment. And add a digital incubation center as a test bed for innovative technologies with Council Lead Partner GE's energy startup Current.

The same technology that makes your city smarter can bring in new jobs

Wed, 2016-06-01 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

You know that the Internet of Things can help your city run more efficiently, but did you know it can also help create jobs? Cities like Cape Town, South Africa, are finding the next generation of job creators want to be in smart cities — and their economies are benefiting as a result.

How technology is protecting a major Florida seaport from terrorists

Wed, 2016-05-18 06:50 -- SCC Staff

Cities that have seaports know they're fortunate. Ports are economic powerhouses. But ports — particularly cargo-only ports — are also like electric grids and other critical infrastructure in a way. They're susceptible to physical attacks. Read the story to learn how a Florida seaport is protecting its equipment and operations.

3 things you need to do to attract millennials (your job market depends on it)

Wed, 2016-04-20 07:00 -- Kevin Ebi

A city’s future is largely determined by its job base and the future of your job base may be driven by your ability to attract highly-skilled millennials. AT&T offers some helpful advice for companies, but it turns out they need your help too. Find out how.

America's biggest winners and losers (and what you can learn from them)

Wed, 2016-04-13 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

Cities will hold the vast majority of the world’s population in just a few decades, but your city’s growth is not guaranteed. In fact, some cities are shrinking rapidly. Check out new rankings of America’s fastest growing (and fastest shrinking) cities to see what you can learn from them.

How connected is YOUR smart city? (Yes. It matters)

Fri, 2016-04-01 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

As more urban areas commit to smart cities upgrades and the technologies they'll need to accomplish those transformations, it becomes increasingly clear success depends on one key element: connectivity. While the thought of planning and developing a connected network for your city may seem daunting, other cities are doing it. You don’t have to go it alone. And the benefits might surprise you.