Smart City PDX is prioritizing projects that reduce inequities for people who have been left behind in our city, specifically people of color and people with disabilities.

Before advancing Smart City PDX projects, the City of Portland is developing policies to ensure that projects protect privacy, promote safety and address equity in a way that results in measurable community benefits. These policies need to be responsive to Portlander’s needs and feedback.


Guiding Principles

Smart City PDX projects will:

  • Engage community members in an authentic and meaningful way to identify needs, to design projects and to make decisions.
  • Focus on addressing the problems of and reducing disparities for communities of color and people with disabilities.
  • Advance projects that have measurable benefits and build metrics of success collaboratively with the community.
  • Acknowledge that one size does not fit all; ongoing evaluation, refinement and collaboration will be needed to make projects successful.
  • Make data freely available and accessible to the public so that the Portland community can understand and evaluate our decisions, and design innovative solutions of their own.
  • Be effective partners with academia, non-profit organizations and national consortiums, other agencies, and private sector companies to leverage resources toward improved outcomes.

See the sections below for the full content of the Smart City PDX Priorities Framework and Portland City Council Resolution adopting the Framework.

 

Smart City PDX Initiative Priorities Framework

Smart City PDX Goal

The City of Portland’s Smart City PDX Initiative goal is to address inequities and disparities using data and investing in technology-driven projects that improve people’s lives.

Smart City PDX Priorities Framework

The City is committed to the process outlined in Section 1 to guide City staff in how data, integrated with community engagement, will be collected and used for decision-making within Smart City PDX projects and to determine investments in Smart City PDX projects.

City staff will use the criteria outlined in Section 2 to vet Smart City PDX projects, plans and policies. If a community, private sector, and/or academic partner proposes a project that does not meet these criteria, the project will not be pursued as a Smart City PDX project.

In the context of the Smart City PDX work, “under-served” and/or “under-represented” communities means an explicit and intentional focus on communities of color and communities with disabilities.

Next steps include engagement with community members to further develop strategies to implement and uphold the Smart City PDX Initiative Priorities Framework.

Section 1: Process

The City will:

  1. Engage under-served and under-represented populations to:
    • inform data collection design;
    • lead identification of needs, priorities and solutions;
    • participate in implementation of solutions and iterative assessment.
  2. Design data collection to uncover and learn about the barriers that create inequities and disparities and to identify solutions to overcoming those barriers.
  3. Use data to understand how solutions benefit and/or further burden underserved communities, and specifically consider the balance between collecting information to implement solutions and protecting privacy.
  4. Leverage and/or invest city resources in these data-driven solutions.

Section 2: Criteria

To receive Smart City PDX support (i.e. staff time/expertise, funds, assets, etc.), a policy, plan or project must:

  1. Address an inequity/disparity (supported by data and/or information identified by under-served communities).
  2. Acknowledge that one size does not fit all.
  3. Solve a problem and define who may be burdened and who benefits (e.g. understand what unintended consequences may occur in order to identify mitigation strategies).
  4. Use data from/about under-served communities in the design of the policy/plan/project.
  5. Identify indicators/metrics of success that have been developed based on input from under-served communities.
  6. Establish tools/techniques that allow for ongoing, iterative engagement and evaluation by under-served communities, tools/techniques that account for diversity of backgrounds and needs.
  7. Provide detailed information about how data is being used and privacy is being protected.
  8. Support a Smart City PDX Focus Area.

Smart City PDX Focus Areas

  1. Economic Prosperity
  2. Public Safety
  3. Human Health
  4. Environmental Health
  5. Transportation/Mobility
  6. Education
  7. Housing
  8. Resiliency
 

Resolution No. 37371

Establish a Priorities Framework for the City of Portland’s Smart City PDX Initiative. (Resolution)

Adopted June 21, 2018

WHEREAS, the City of Portland defines “Smart Cities” as the use of existing and innovative technologies, data collection and data management tools to enhance community engagement, improve delivery of public services, and address City goals around equity, mobility, affordability, sustainability, community health and safety, workforce development, and resiliency; and

WHEREAS, City Council Resolution 37290 created the City’s Smart Cities Steering Committee and directed it to facilitate internal and external Smart Cities collaboration, set priorities, identify focus areas, establish goals for the City’s Smart City PDX Initiative, and facilitate community outreach and involvement as Smart City PDX projects are developed and deployed; and

WHEREAS, the City’s Smart Cities Steering Committee created a Smart City PDX Equity Workgroup – composed of staff from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Office for Community Technology, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Bureau of Technology Services, Office of Equity and Human Rights, the Mayor’s Office, and Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s Office – to develop a framework to prioritize the City’s Smart City PDX efforts and to vet and evaluate Smart City PDX projects and partnerships. The Smart City PDX Initiative Priorities Framework is a result of that work; and

WHEREAS, the City’s Smart Cities Steering Committee, with representation from the Mayor’s Office, Commissioner Offices, and 13 Bureaus/Offices, endorsed the goal, priorities, processes, and focus areas described in the Smart City PDX Initiative Framework, Exhibit A.

WHEREAS, the City of Portland’s Smart City PDX Initiative goal is to use data to address inequities and disparities through investing in technology-driven projects that improve people’s lives; and

WHEREAS, the City of Portland recognizes the need for a city-wide, coordinated approach for city staff to use in deciding how and if to engage in Smart City PDX work, keep this work accountable to the Portland community, build and support community partnerships around data and technology, and define a clear and thoughtful process for cross-bureau collaboration and decision-making; and

WHEREAS, the City’s Racial Equity Toolkit charges the City of Portland with effectively meeting the needs of, and providing service to the community; and obliges the City to be accountable and proactively address disparities that exist under the City’s charge and act to achieve a vision of racial equity; and

WHEREAS, when the City designs policies, programs and practices that work for the most marginalized communities, all communities benefit; and

WHEREAS, the City of Portland recognizes that the most persistent and detrimental disparities are starkest when race and disability are considered;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, City Council commits to using the Smart City PDX Initiative Priorities Framework (Exhibit A) when considering Smart City PDX projects and policies; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, City Council directs staff to use the process outlined in Section 1 of the Smart City PDX Initiative Priorities Framework (Exhibit A) to guide how data, integrated with community engagement, will be collected and used for decision-making within Smart City PDX projects and to determine City investments in Smart City PDX projects; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, City Council directs staff to use the criteria outlined in Section 2 of the Smart City PDX Initiative Priorities Framework (Exhibit A) for vetting and evaluation of Smart City PDX projects, plans and policies. If a community, private sector and/or an academic partner proposes a project that does not meet these criteria, the project will not be pursued as a Smart City PDX project; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, City Council declares that in the context of the Smart City PDX Initiative work, “under-served” and/or “under-represented” communities means an explicit and intentional focus on communities of color and communities with disabilities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, City Council directs staff to pursue engagement with community members to further develop City of Portland’s Smart City PDX Initiative strategies to implement and uphold the goal, processes, criteria, and focus areas described in the Smart City PDX Initiative Priorities Framework (Exhibit A).