Our History: In May 2011 leaders from across Cape Cod came together at The SmarterCape Summit to begin to envision what a SmarterCape would look like. It was a powerful and energizing event focused on the key themes of technology-enabled economic development, efficient public services, and improved quality of life.
Since this inaugural event, key stakeholders have formed a working group: The SmarterCape Partnership, to advance SmarterCape’s objectives. The Partnership meets weekly and develops strategic plans, formulates actions for implementation, and generally serves as the impetus for moving SmarterCape from a vision to reality.
In May of 2012, SmarterCape Summit II was held to further share and gather ideas that stimulated new ways of managing our destiny. Six separate tracks—each supported by a working group, tackled how to do things “smarter” on Cape Cod. The six groups include: development, economy, education, healthcare, government and transportation.
An example of early success came when the granting of $500,000 for a “smarter government” project recognized the reality of a Smarter Cape Cod. The funds were awarded from a Community Innovation Challenge Grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance:
“…The digital regionalization project will establish an automated system for all towns to issue municipal permits, licenses, and inspection services on Cape Cod and Nantucket to reduce costs and improve customer service. An automated system coordinated regionally will be more advanced and integrated than could be afforded by individual towns. The system will also eliminate redundant purchases of computer hardware. The funded project is part of the larger “SmarterCape Initiative” to advance economic development and government efficiency through technological innovation.
Our Mission: Smarter Cape Cod’s objective is to create a vibrant Cape Cod community for the 21st century—one that supports the evolution of our economy from service-based to knowledge-based, and uses our recently-built technology infrastructure to improve our quality of life by making the way we do things “smarter”.