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Smarter growth reports
Advanced information technology, analytics and systems can be a city's best friends when developing a more citizen-focused approach to services in the new economic environment.

Smart? Discuss.
One of the best things about cities is the diversity of voices you can hear and read. Follow the conversation—with guest bloggers, event tweeters and others—and let us know what you think.

Anne Altman

Five Qs: Smarter cities
By 2050, 70% of the world will live in cities. IBM's general manager for the public sector explains why IBM is focused on cities and what we can do to make them sustainable centers for progress.

News from smarter cities
The extent of issues that cities face for development, sustainability and livability can be daunting. Fortunately, help is at hand. Intelligence is being infused into the way our cities work.

The Smarter Cities Challenge
Over the next three years, the Smarter Cities Challenge will help 100 cities worldwide address vital issues with US$50 million in IBM technology and expertise.


The 19th century was a century of empires, the 20th century was a century of nation states. The 21st century will be a century of cities -- Wellington E. Webb. Former mayor of Denver, Colorado.

Cities are the topic
Tweets, blog posts and videos are the media. People are talking about how we are working to improve our urban centers, and you can watch it come to life with the Smarter Cities Social Aggregator. Conversations as they happen, all on one page. Follow along and join in any time you like (US).

Smarter Planet Leadership Series
The Leadership Series case studies represent the best ideas from all over the world, showing how companies use technology to transform their business and the way the world works. Each industry case study features a forward thinker and the inspirational idea that started the process of building their own corner of a smarter planet. Read about the leaders (US).