These 2 Arizona Cities Rank Among the World’s Smartest

Palm Walk in Arizona State University campus in Tempe.

Arizona is home to some smart cookies.

Tempe and Tucson have both been named as some of the smartest cities in the world. The Arizona cities have each snagged a Smart 50 Award, which identifies cities that have innovative and influential projects with current or future municipal-scale impacts.

Tempe was recognized for its innovation in advancing community health and fighting Covid-19 through its wastewater science program that measures the signal of Covid-19 in community wastewater.

According to the Smart 50 Award panelists, “Tempe’s program serves to influence and encourage other cities by being a model for creating an early warning signal program for protecting community wellness, driving decision-making with data, communicating with transparency, and cultivating community trust. This is all accomplished with compassion, unparalleled service and science.”

Tucson’s Project Aeolus aimed to provide in-home internet access to underserved and unserved families with school-age children who have had to transition to remote learning due to the pandemic.

See the full list of all 50 winning cities and projects here.

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