Potential Smart Cities: Pennsylvania

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Potential Smart Cities: Pennsylvania

Five cities in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania that would be good potential locations for a Smart Cities startup company include Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie, Scranton and Lancaster.

1. Philadelphia

Why it has been included

  • Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, with a population of 1.6 million people. The city also recently released its SmartCityPHL Roadmap, which serves as a guideline for "innovation and collaboration in City government around smart city and the policies and technology surrounding it."
  • Furthermore, Philadelphia was among the top ten large metros in the U.S. with the largest creative class shares (42.2%) as of 2017.

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2. Pittsburgh

Why it has been included

  • Pittsburgh is the second-largest city in Pennsylvania, with a population of 302,908 people. The city is also a leader in the field of Smart Cities, working to come up with new mobility and communications technologies. The SmartPGH Consortium, led by the City of Pittsburgh is "designed to provide the structure for collaborative planning and decision-making to guide the creation of the City and region’s next generation of infrastructure."
  • In addition, Pittsburgh has experienced substantial creative class growth between 2005 and 2017 (19.7%), making it the metro with the second-highest growth rate in the U.S.

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3. Erie

Why it has been included

  • Erie is the fourth-largest city in Pennsylvania, with a population of 95,956 people. Although it could not meet the criteria of a population of over 120,000, it is still among the largest cities in Pennsylvania. The city also has a smart city initiative, working in conjunction with the Erie Innovation District to collect data and use it to manage assets and resources.
  • As of 2015, Erie had over 31,700 residents employed in the creative class, and this sector was growing fast.

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4. Scranton

Why it has been included

  • Scranton is the sixth-largest city in Pennsylvania, with a population of 77,546 people. Although it could not meet the criteria of a population of over 120,000, it is still among the largest cities in Pennsylvania. In addition, the Scranton City Council got into an agreement with Smart City Media LLC to bring free public Wi-Fi and digital information kiosks to downtown Scranton.
  • Scranton has a creative class, and has been revitalized through the growth of this sector.

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5. Lancaster

    Why it has been included

    • Lancaster is the eighth-largest city in Pennsylvania, with a population of 58,846 people. Although it could not meet the criteria of a population of over 120,000, it is still among the largest cities in Pennsylvania. One of Lancaster's recent smart city initiatives is its public-private partnership with MAW Communications to implement a high-speed municipal fiber optic network.
    • Lancaster also has a creative class share of 24.4%.

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