What is a smarter city? Technology plays a role in nearly every aspect of the modern urban lives of Nashville residents. But just using technology does not make a city smart. A smarter city:

  • Achieves goals and meets challenges of its community through the use of technology and data.
  • Uses technology, digital communication and data to gain a better picture of needed services and to interact with the community to solve community issues.
  • Uses technology and innovation to improve the lives of citizens by improving the services it provides to its residents.
  • Ensures equitable and inclusive access to quality of life for all of its citizens.

In order to craft the vision and strategy for a smarter city, Mayor Barry convened the Connected Nashville Working group. This group investigated local plans and global solutions; consolidated and synthesized information collected; and developed a set of draft recommendations for a long-range strategy.

Over a five-week period, the group collected community feedback through a series of public meetings, an online survey and social media interactions in order to refine the recommendations to guide Metro departments and agencies in developing action agendas. A final community report was delivered to Mayor Briley on April 26, 2018, along with updates on over 40 active and planned Metro smart city projects. Connected Nashville’s community report, developed with the feedback of hundreds of Nashville residents, will set technology direction in Metro for years to come. Learn more at connected.nashville.gov.