The Smart Communities Initiative is founded upon the idea that universities and communities should work together to improve the health and vitality of their areas.
This semester, UT faculty and students will be assessing livability conditions for senior citizens in Grundy County, developing a business plan for a farmers market in Pikeville, laying the groundwork for local and regional disaster planning, and designing commemorative spaces along the Trail of Tears.
Through the Smart Communities Initiative, UT faculty and students in twenty courses have spent this academic year working with the City of Cleveland, Tennessee, on thirteen projects ranging from branding research to revitalization efforts throughout the community.
As UT faculty and students wrap up this year’s work, planning is already underway for next year’s Smart Communities Initiative partnership with the Southeast Tennessee Development District.
UT has chosen the Southeast Tennessee Development District to be its 2015–16 Smart Communities Initiative partner.
Tom Rowland, mayor of the City of Cleveland, penned a letter in the Cleveland Daily Banner welcoming UT students in the Smart Cities Initiative to Cleveland.
A new initiative to combine the expertise of Cleveland city officials and UT students got underway with a meeting Monday. Cleveland was chosen to take part in the inaugural year of a new program called the Smart Communities Initiative that will allow students to work with city officials and create proposals on ways to address city
The city of Cleveland, Tennessee, has been chosen as the first partner city for UT’s new service-learning program, the Smart Communities Initiative. The partnership begins this fall. The goals of the SCI are to help students gain real-world experience and make valuable contacts in the community. It is a component of UT’s new Quality Enhancement
As UT moves toward establishing a service-learning program called the Smart Communities Initiative, the campus community is invited to learn more about a similar, and very successful, program operating in Oregon. Representatives from the University of Oregon’s Sustainable Cities Initiative will be on campus Monday, December 9, to discuss their cross-disciplinary Sustainable City Year Program