In 2022, NIST awarded funding to George Mason University (Mason) to conduct a two-part workshop series to develop an integrative and supportive community-centric strategy to inform, strengthen and expand the GCTC program, in an effort to facilitate and enhance advanced technology research, development, and application and develop mission and vision statements to guide the future of the organization.
- Establish a research-based, scientific foundation for the NIST Smart Cities Infrastructure program, the GCTC, and the broader smart cities community.
- Broaden the scope and agenda for smart cities to address current challenges and achieve the equitable distribution of outcomes for community residents, businesses, and organizations.
- Enhance the national public-private partnership of smart city programs, research institutions, private sector enterprises, and the next generation of community leaders, scientists, and researchers.
The GCTC is organized into twelve Technology Sectors, illustrated below, corresponding with city infrastructure, services, and programs that can benefit from the integration of advanced technologies to enable digital transformation and improve overall quality of life for community residents.