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UT Smart Communities Initiative at Work in Cleveland, TN

As part of the University of Tennessee Smart Communities Initiative (SCI), associate professor of design Deborah Shmerler and her students visited with Cleveland, Tennessee community members Monday to discus a branding and marketing plan for the city.

While there, her group – as well as one focused on restoration and renovation projects – gained perspective on what people like about their city and what they hope to change. To this end, students created an online survey and Facebook page for the community’s input.

The SCI is an interdisciplinary program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville which partners faculty and students across campus with one city, county, special district, or other municipal group each year to engage in real-world problem solving aimed at increasing the level of economic viability, environmental sustainability, and social integrity of the region.

Read more at the Cleveland Banner and servicelearning.utk.edu.