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Connected Nashville Background

The Metropolitan Government and citizens of Nashville and Davidson County are making strides toward a long-term strategy designed uniquely for our community that will advance shared goals and objectives through the use of technology and data. Guided by Mayor Megan Barry’s policy priorities, this strategy will serve as a framework for implementing agency-crossing, collaborative solutions to support better-connected citizens, more citizen-centric public services and better decision-making.

Nashville is a growing and vibrant city. To shape growth in the ways that our communities want, Metro Government departments and agencies develop plans to guide that growth. Foremost among existing plans is NashvilleNext, the product of a 3-year process informed by 11 thousand people with the purpose of guiding growth, development and preservation for the next 25 years. Nashville communities have also contributed to plans that direct transportation (Vision 2020), parks (Plan to Play), the environment (Livable Nashville) and education (The Academies of Nashville: A Five-year Plan for the Implementation and Sustainability of High School Reform), to name a few. These and several other vetted community plans form the basis for this initiative. Each offers compelling goals for Nashville to realize a better future.

As Nashville has evaluated and solidified community goals, technological developments have ushered in a new era that promises to enable Metro Government and Nashvillians to meet challenges in ways that have not previously been feasible. A flourishing marketplace offers the promise of civic technology solutions to problems across government services. These technologies, in combination with gigabit connectivity, sensors that can provide real-time access to a vast array of community information, and innovative delivery methods, have created an environment for technology to play a larger role in society and government than ever before. All of these advances create the opportunity for a Nashville to become a smarter, more Connected Nashville.

Connected Nashville’s holistic approach to becoming a smarter city is embodied in six dimensions critical to Metro’s future: Economy, Environment, Governance, People, Living, and Mobility.These six dimensions comprise our draft strategy recommendations, which we will present to Mayor Barry later this year.

Because smart city developments move at the speed of technology, it is necessary to view any suggested action through a lens of what is best for a community and its citizens. We cannot predict the future, but by developing an operating within a community-centered framework, we can ensure that any steps we take are in the best interests of Nashville’s citizens. With this in mind, we have developed a set of Guiding Principles for Connected Nashville to guide this and future initiatives aimed at improving the lives of citizens using technology.