City of Ann Arbor to hold public meetings to develop Smart City plan

Graphic of the city of Ann Arbor.
Graphic of the city of Ann Arbor. (Credit: DaySmart Software)

ANN ARBOR – The city of Ann Arbor wants public input on its new, strategic Smart City plan.

On Nov. 20 and 21, city officials will be holding public meetings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to explain what a Smart City is and to get feedback from residents.

Meeting locations:

  • Nov. 20: Cobblestone Farm (2781 Packard St.)
  • Nov. 21: Ann Arbor STEAM at Northside, 912 Barton Drive

During each session, a brief presentation will be given on the core elements of a Smart City, as well as group dialogue, brainstorming activities, presentation of case studies followed by a Q&A session.

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Smart Cities are connected through various online systems to streamline data tracking and improve the efficiency of city infrastructure.

“Smart lighting, smart water meters, smart parking, autonomous vehicles, traffic monitoring, public safety and environmental monitoring are just some examples where Smart City concepts can be applied to improve our community,” city officials wrote in a recent statement.

According to the statement, the city of Ann Arbor has been working to build a foundation for Smart City initiatives that is equitable and sustainable, and the Smart City Strategic Plan will implement the community’s goals, vision and objectives.

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