Cork City, founding member of CAAC, is currently a ‘follower city’ in a Horizon 2020 project called GrowSmarter. This was one of three projects chosen from over 19 submissions to receive support from the European Commission’s ‘Smart cities and communities’ funding call.
GrowSmarter commenced on the 1st January 2015 and will run until 31 December 2019. In this project Stockholm, Cologne and Barcelona will act as ‘lighthouse cities’ within the project, implementing 12 smart city solutions: from advanced information and communication technology and better connected urban mobility, to energy efficiency. The solutions will be rolled out in a number of city areas, including downtown districts, suburban and industrial areas, ensuring a sample base representative of European cities.
Five ‘follower cities’ Cork, Graz, Malta, Porto and Suceava will work in close partnership with the ‘lighthouse cities’ to learn from their experiences, and provide a market for solutions suitable for their specific local context. As a follower city within Growsmarter, Cork will develop a replication plan.