Smart Arvada

By December 2023: Develop an organizational framework for the effective advancement of data utilization, system integration, and digital capacities across all work systems


The goal of this strategic result is to develop and implement a Smart City Framework to help the City better leverage technology and enhance operations and services. Work on this strategic result is being led by the Smart City Committee. In 2019 the Committee collaboratively identified a guiding definition of what it means for Arvada to be a "Smart City." The definition is as follows: Effectively applying Information and Communication Technology (ICT) components to enhance safety, inclusiveness, accessibility, resiliency, and sustainability within the community while aligning with the vision set by the City Council Strategic Plan. To put it more simply: expand our digital capabilities.

The team believes smart cities leverage technology and benchmarks to guide decisions, improve results, enhance service delivery, and maintain the highest level of data security in support of effectiveness, now and into the future. 

The first step toward adopting a Smart City Framework was to identify and catalog current "smart" technology opportunities that exist within our performance measures. This collection of "smart achievements" will serve as a foundation for the development of the Smart City Framework by highlighting cross-work system opportunities to maximize success in a coordinated and systematic way. 


A Smart City addresses data collection, storage and consumption. By strategically refining our Smart City approach, we envision a community that is the best version of itself, using technology to equitably enhance the experiences of all within it, while sustaining the very character that makes Arvada the wonderful community that it already is.  

In this effort, the Smart City Framework and action plans will build off of existing investments and achievements to ensure achievable results that efficiently address gaps in service provision. 


In 2021 resources were dedicated to competing priorities within the Organizational and Service Effectiveness Work System, resulting in the need to extend the date for this strategic result to December, 2024.

The impact of this delivery will be affected by the success of the data team in the future. There is currently an Action Initiative Plan in place to expand our data and digital capabilities in the future. 

Becoming data-driven has a profound impact on how to organize to maximize return from data and analytic assets. It is also challenging long-standing notions of hands-off or arm’s-length management policies. For most organizations, data and analytics is included with other technology management activities in an IT function, and includes data management, enabling application development, reporting and data warehousing.