The National Science Foundation’s Smart and Connected Communities (SCC) program awarded a $1.5 million dollar grant to study rural smart shrinkage for the next three years. The SCC grant used ISTP data to identify shrink smart towns. This larger project continues work from a NSF SCC planning grant awarded in 2017. The new funding allows implementation of local strategies to improve quality of life in small towns experiencing rapid population loss; and evaluation of real-time quality of life assessments using big data techniques.
ISTP researchers David Peters and Biswa Das are researchers on the project. More information about the grant can be found at:
SCC-IRG Track 2: Overcoming the Rural Data Deficit to Improve Quality of Life and Community Services in Smart & Connected Small Communities