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What is a “Smart City”?I love Mesa sign

In short, a Smart City is one in which the latest technologies and data-driven insights are leveraged to improve the quality of life, civic engagement, economic development, service delivery, and community vibrancy for its citizens, businesses and visitors.

A Smart City is actually about people versus tech itself. A Smarter Mesa is where modernized communications infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT) connected smart systems and data work together to provide responsive solutions that enhance the live, work & play experiences of people in our community.

In 2018, the City of Mesa engaged Think Big Partners, LLC to assist in the development of a Smart City Master Plan. Most importantly, this effort included engaging our citizens, businesses and the public as we identified the key strategies & priorities for building a smarter Mesa!

The Foundation for our Plan

The following pillars provide the foundation for our Smart City Master Plan.



Smart Community - create an engaged, inclusive & equitable community that provides a high-quality life to all Mesa citizens


Smart Downtown - create a vibrant, attractive downtown that is thriving with live work & play activities for both residents & businesses


Smart Environment - protect the environment and create sustainable options where possible


Smart Government - create a responsive, engaged city that makes decisions based on data & understands citizen needs


Smart Infrastructure - modernize essential infrastructure to provide essential city services and preserve a high quality of life in Mesa


Smart Public Safety - create a safe and secure environment for all citizens


Smart Transportation and Mobility - create accessible, equitable & safe multi-modal transit options along with creating the ability to move easily throughout Mesa.