Esri and ICMA collaborate on smart communities

Best practices to create smarter communities highlighted by Esri and ICMA

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Esri and ICMA collaborate on smart communities GIS and ICMA are collaborating to help government professionals to develop smarter communities.
By  Mark Sutton Published  July 17, 2016

GIS specialist Esri and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) are promoting best practices in building smart communities using data and technologies.

The two are building on their existing strategic relationship with the release of a series of white papers to highlight how local government authorities can create stronger, more resilient, and more business-savvy smart cities and smart communities through using technology to revamp services.

The ICMA is an association dedicated to the developing excellence in local government through professional management and standards. The organisation provides services, research, publications, data and information, as well as peer and results-oriented assistance, training and professional development to thousands of individuals; organisations; and city, town, and county leaders throughout the world.

"Citizens are calling on governments to be more transparent, efficient, collaborative, and productive," said ICMA senior technical specialist Cory Fleming. "In smart communities, local government officials use technology and data to address community needs and make sound policy decisions. These case studies bring to light the smart ways communities are creating a better quality of life for their residents."

"This effort is part of Esri's work to ensure that all governments have the opportunity to explore and use smart communities solutions that will move the nation forward in responding to the most challenging issues of our times," said Esri director of government markets Christopher Thomas. "Local agencies can use GIS software to enable interdepartmental collaboration through open data sources, mobile access to highly specified maps and information, and the efficient collection of real-time data."

The case study series demonstrates how communities of all sizes, whether a small county or a large city, can benefit from using a smart communities approach to problem solving in a wide range of operations and activities.

For more information see esri.com/smartcommunities

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