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The Smart Communities Initiative (SCI) is founded on the idea that the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and state communities should work together to improve the health and vitality of their areas. Through the leveraging of interdisciplinary research and scholarship, community dialogue, human capacity, and innovation, SCI participants collaborate toward the pursuit of smarter, more vibrant communities.

Partner Communities

The SCI has engaged local government partnerships involving eleven counties and dozens of cities across the Eastern and Southeastern portions of the state. This work has involved faculty and students from 43 academic courses across 18 departments and programs. Take a look at the work we have done with our premier partners below!


SCI Projects with the Southeast TN Development

Take a look at the 17 amazing projects the SCI has taken on with SETD, including Deb Shmerler and students’ branding designs reflected on the new SETD website.

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SCI Projects with Cleveland, TN

Wow, Cleveland! You are making waves! Take a look at the multitude of amazing projects our faculty and students did with Cleveland to help ensure a vibrant future for this dynamic, growing city!

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SCI Projects with Lenoir City, TN

The SCI partnered with Lenoir City on five exceptional projects related to shared goals. Projects addressed how to grow local business, invigorate downtown, and foster sustainable tourism.

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