Pennoni Perspective Volume 22 • Issue 4 • Winter 2018/19 - Page 11

The path to a smart city future is often unclear to urban leaders; many are looking for help in developing a roadmap that will drive the best results. To provide support, ESI ThoughtLab teamed up with a coalition of organizations with urban and technology expertise to conduct ground-breaking research into the impact of smart city solutions on urban performance. Sponsors ESI ThoughtLab conducted an in-depth benchmarking survey of government leaders in 136 cities around the world to understand their smart city perspectives, practices, and performance results. To gain insight into the views of city stakeholders, 750 business leaders and 2,000 residents were also surveyed in 11 “proxy” cities with varying levels of economic development, social and geographic diversity, and technology use. Eastern United States United Kingdom Research Partners Central Europe Meeting of the Minds P E N N O N I | 11