Cities that Fail to Become Smart Could be the next Digital Rust Belt

The third annual Smart Cities Connect Conference in Kansas City delivered an important message: become smart or be left behind.

The third annual Smart Cities Connect Conference in Kansas City delivered an important message: become smart or be left behind.

Published on GOVTech | By Skip Descant

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In a decade, there may not be Smart City conferences like the one unfolding this week in Kansas City, Mo.

In 10 years this “movement,” — as it is often referred to by government and techie types — will have evolved to the point of being too ordinary to draw much attention, remarked Bob Bennett, chief innovation officer for Kansas City, and the somewhat unofficial host of the third annual Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo at the Kansas City Convention Center.

The Internet of Things that we’re now looking at as revolutionary, is going to be just as boring and mundane and exciting as the flush toilet in your hotel room,” Bennett told the room in his opening remarks March 27.

So, what happens to those cities that don’t become the ubiquitous smart city? 

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