Matt Fisher, VP of Operations, and Mike Duench, VP of Marketing | Oct 05, 2023
Recently, we had the privilege of attending the Cities Today North American City Leadership Summit in Long Beach, where we gained invaluable insights into the world of data-driven decision-making within government organizations. In this blog, we'll delve deeper into the key takeaways from the event and discuss the importance of fostering a positive data culture.
Building a Positive Data Culture: A Problem-Solution-Outcome Approach
Imagine you're renovating your home. You can't demolish the entire house and start from scratch; it's simply not practical or cost-effective. Instead, you take a problem-solution-outcome approach. You identify the most pressing and urgent issues, then systematically address them, adding elements that not only stand alone but also connect, complement, and enhance each other. This same principle applies when building smart cities.
Connectivity: The Foundation of Data Insights
Connectivity is the cornerstone upon which smart cities are built. It involves linking city infrastructure and sensors to create a foundation for collecting and aggregating data across the city. During the summit, Raimundo from Coral Gables shared his roadmap for achieving this connectivity, offering functional examples of how he brought about this transformative change.
Getting Started: Leveraging Data for Decision-Making
But how do you get started on this journey towards data-driven decision-making? One of the highlights of the summit was Denise's demonstration of how she harnessed water data to drive insights and make informed decisions. This exemplifies the power of data in addressing specific challenges faced by cities.
Community-Centric Data Focus and Recognizing Excellence: Dawn Comer's Insights and Experience Story
A valuable lesson we learned from the group in LA is the importance of a community-centric data focus. Instead of looking at data from a state-wide perspective, they honed in on the unique needs of their districts. By doing so, they were able to extract data that truly drives value for their community. This approach ensures that data is not overwhelming but rather tailored to meet the specific demands of the residents.
Speaking of community-centric data focus, Dawn Comer has excelled in this area. Her achievements in leveraging data to drive meaningful change are commendable and serve as an inspiration to all city leaders. Dawn's work underscores the significance of understanding and addressing the unique challenges faced by individual communities. In conclusion, building a smart city is not about completely overhauling existing infrastructure but rather taking.