These are exciting times with new opportunities and challenges for integrating new technology in addressing the Tampa Bay area’s transportation needs. We also recognize that a true smart metropolitan area should embrace all aspects of life—we should not limit ourselves to a technology discussion but seek an inclusive and collaborative means for having a value conversation (health, education, transportation, and energy).

Tampa Bay Smart Cities Alliance was initiated by the City of Tampa, Florida Department of Transportation District 7, and the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.  This core group is seeking a broader vision for a regional group that would focus on near-term operational goals in the Tampa Bay area that will to continue to move the region forward in deploying cutting edge technologies that cut across multiple disciplines, including transportation, energy infrastructure, health, and more.

A central value is the bias towards action.