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Strategy Workshop

In 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) launched an innovative program to help cities improve on successes and build consensus for standards. Known originally as the Global City Teams Challenge and now as the Global Community Technology Challenge (GCTC), this group of community, industry, academic, and government stakeholders serves as a collaborative forum to identify, generate and implement advanced technologies for smart and connected communities.

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.

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On January 25 2024 the results of this report were publisher in the GCTC Workshop Final Report. These workshops provided material from which the Strategic Plan (2024-2026) was developed

Strategic Plan (2024-2026)

The GCTC program has recently published its first Strategic Plan (2024-2026), which describes a 3-year program of research and development and reaffirms a continuing collaboration between the federal smart cities program led by NIST and communities, cities, and regions across the country. Developed in collaboration with 28 community leaders of the GCTC program, the Strategic Plan has three key goals:

  • 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.

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NIST is seeking public comment on the new strategy and will review all stakeholder comments, with a final version of this document published this Spring after addressing the received feedback. The GCTC Strategic Plan is available as a free download from NIST and available for public comment until 29 February 2024. Your input is requested! Instructions for submitting comments appear on page (i) of the document, which may be accessed here.