U.S. cities and municipalities are embracing Smart City technology and initiatives, and many at varying phases of implementing and adopting from small to large scale smart city projects and initiatives. More advanced cities are developing committees, departments, and budgets allocated to Smart City projects. Cities continue to evaluate ways to leverage resources across departments and key city services to develop, manage, and implement scalable and cross-functional initiatives that can grow with the city as it seeks to become more sustainable, innovative, open, advanced, efficient, and service oriented.
To understand the readiness level of key cities, Compass Intelligence completed a 5 week research project to develop a “CA-Chordant Smart Cities Benefits Index” ranking for the top 50 cities. This ranking leverages public data, modeling, scoring, and data weighting to showcase the rank of 50 cities and the final index. The higher the city is on the INDEX, the more it is positioned to benefit from Smart City projects and receive a higher return on investment to benefit the city.