Community Improvement Districts Ripe for Smart City Innovation

A new report indicates that community improvement districts (CIDs) are well poised to explore smart city technologies.

The report, titled Ready for the Smart(er) City: How Community Development Districts are Building the Future, details how the public rights-of-way, infrastructure and operational structure of CIDs translate to ideal areas for testing and deployment of smart city initiatives in fields like transportation and safety.

“Because CIDs are a public-private partnership, and [because] they handle some basic infrastructure operations, they are in a really good position, not only to leverage economic development impact locally, but also be seen as an ideal test bed and partner for smart cities type work,” said Debra Lam, managing director of Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation at Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology.