Black Country Smart City

At its core a Smart City utilises digital technologies to manage data in a way that helps improve decision-making and operational tasks as well as providing new business opportunities and empowering citizens.

This utilisation can enhance economic performance and quality of life, reduce costs and resource consumption and engage more effectively with a city’s citizens. This in turn supports the development of an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable city which attracts and retains residents, visitors, business and investment. 

The Black Country Smart City Strategy was approved by the LEP board in October 2016 and endorsed by the Association of Black Country Authorities in January 2017. The Black Country Smart City Strategy is accompanied by a Project Pipeline of projects (currently under review); this is intended to be a ‘live’ document which will evolve as projects are identified, investigated and developed. 

It is proposed to regularly report progress on the Project Pipeline to both the Place Making & Land Theme Advisory Board and LEP Board.

For more information, please contact Ric Bravery at the City of Wolverhampton Council on 01902 552177.

Download the Black Country Smart City Strategy here >>> 


Black Country Smart City Network

The Black Country Smart City Network recognises that digital technology and data lie at the heart of a Smart City and that their full utilisation can benefit the economy, people and the environment. A full Smart City provides a long term, sustainable vision of a healthy, prosperous and inclusive city with a quality urban environment and range of services which make them attractive places to live, work, visit and invest. In essence a ‘Smart City’ is a ‘Sustainable City’ which utilises digital technology and data to its maximum potential.

The Network provides a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas around both the Smart City concept and individual initiatives. If you would like to get involved please contact Ric Bravery at the City of Wolverhampton Council on 01902 552177.


Black Country Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Strategy 

The development of the Black Country Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Strategy complements the Black Country Smart City Strategy and forms part of the ‘Smart Mobility’ theme through use of data and information technology and through promoting improved air quality, reduced carbon emissions and a better quality urban environment.

Promotion of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles also has significant potential to contribute to the local economy as the West Midlands region is a centre for automotive research and manufacturing. This in turn supports the ambitions of the Black Country Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) and West Midlands Combined Authority’s ‘Super SEP’ including the development of a sustainable low carbon economy and promoting growth in the supply chain and in both transport and environmental technologies.

The next stage, following approval of the Black Country Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Strategy by the Black Country LEP and its endorsement by the Association of Black Country Authorities in January 2017, is to develop an Implementation Plan for all four Black Country councils. 

For more information, please contact Ric Bravery at the City of Wolverhampton Council on 01902 552177.

Download the Black Country ULEV Strategy here >>>