Colorado's Sterling Ranch in Douglas County and the Peña Station Next development near Denver International Airport are at the vanguard of the area's burgeoning smart community infrastructure.
Jake Rishavy, vice president of innovation for the Denver South Economic Denver Partnership and a co-founder of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance tells The Denver Post that the two locations, “These communities are serving as test sites for proving out technologies and approaches,” adding, “It’s all about de-risking that innovation process and encouraging more adoption of new technologies.”
Smart city infrastructure isn’t just some buzzy phrase used to spice up chamber of commerce breakfasts. It’s not some theoretical idea being tested out in clandestine bunkers, either.
It has become an increasingly important cog in modern growth and it is manifesting in some very real ways around Colorado and in the Denver area.