If Gainesville truly wants to be a “smart city,” it should be tapping into knowledge at the University of Florida to improve city services and solve pressing community problems.
Thankfully that has been happening in the last couple years to a greater degree than perhaps ever before. UF’s strategic development plan and city partnership have meant more university students are working with city departments and researchers are studying local challenges involving early childhood education, transportation and other significant issues.
As this work starts to produce tangible improvements, we hope UF will further commit to helping address deep disparities and other problems in our city. The use of data, research and technology in city government has the potential to improve the quality of life across the community, while aiding in UF’s recruitment of faculty, staff and students to Gainesville.