Scottsdale Smart City Initiative

Scottsdale's Smart City Initiative is focused on combining traditional infrastructure such as roads and buildings, with technology to enrich people's lives. The initiative strives to engage with people in our community about the use of smart city solutions to solve community challenges,  improve the quality of life and enhance interactions with the city. 

Scottsdale smart cities workshop generated conversation and ideas

As a 2022 Smart Cities Readiness Challenge winner, Scottsdale hosted the Smart Cities Council along with more than 50 industry professionals, city staff and residents for a “Scaling Citizen Engagement Readiness Challenge Workshop”. The April 6 workshop included data and solutions presentations from local and international experts and offered an opportunity for interaction and input in a brainstorming session. A complementary comparative analysis with other world-class innovation districts was provided by the Smart Cities Council. The analysis evaluated SkySong and Old Town based on five indicators of successful innovation districts: volume, character, variety, vitality and relevance. Building upon the City of Scottsdale Smart City Strategic Roadmap, potential projects were identified for the Old Town and SkySong areas involving sound mitigation, wayfinding, sustainability, public safety and economic development.

Workshop slide decks (PDF):

Contact Brent Stockwell, Assistant City Manager, 480-312-7288.

Smart City Strategic Roadmap

In a process that started in November 2019, the city engaged residents and businesses through a series of community workshops, business and stakeholder interviews, and research to create a Smart City Roadmap. This roadmap was accepted by the City Council in April 2021. It creates a framework for informed decision making and is a guide for future Scottsdale smart city efforts.

Contact Josh Utterback, Economic Development Program Manager, 480-312-7057.

Digital Privacy

The city has an administrative regulation on digital privacy to safeguard the public's trust in the city's use of new and emerging technologies and to protect their digital privacy rights. The policy strives, to the extent practicable, to enable residents to determine for themselves when, how and to what extent information about them is communicated to others. The policy outlines several privacy principles, including notice, retention, minimization, accountability, accuracy, sharing and equity.

Contact Bianca Lochner, Chief Information Officer, 480-312-7615.

The Connective

Scottsdale is a member of The Connective Smart Region Consortium, a group of public, private, university, and community partners seeking to empower Greater Phoenix communities to build the nation's largest, most connected, smart region, developing and deploying technology scalable solutions rooted in connectivity, mobility, equity, and sustainability. Assistant City Manager Brent Stockwell and Economic Development Program Manager Josh Utterback participate in The Connective's Leadership Council.

Contact Bianca Lochner, chief information officer, 480-312-7615.

Smart City News

Scottsdale captures award for using innovative technology to positively impact residents and businesses
The Center for Digital Government’s 2023 Digital Cities 23rd annual survey ranked Scottsdale the top digital city nationwide in the 125,000 – 249,999 population category.
Voice of the People Award recognizes Scottsdale's commitment to resident engagement
The city of Scottsdale earned a national “Voice of the People Award” for leveraging technology to expand the ways residents can provide input and ideas.
Scottsdale is certified Gold by Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities
Scottsdale is proud to announce that it has been awarded the Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities Certification at the Gold Level for exceptional use of data to inform policy decisions, allocate funding, improve services, evaluate program effectiveness, and engage residents.
Scottsdale named a finalist for two technology innovation awards
The city’s development and launch of two applications landed Scottsdale a finalist designation in two categories of the 2023 International Data Corporation Smart Cities Awards.