Matanuska-Susitna Borough
Matanuska Telephone Association
Alaska Communications
Alaska Dept of Labor and Workforce Development
Alaska Dept of Natural Resources
Alaska Dept of Transportation and Public Facilities
Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
Alaska Railroad Corp
Anchorage School District
Anchorage Urban Fellows
City of Palmer
City of Wasilla
Denali Borough
Institute for Social and Economic Research
Matanuska Electric Association
Matanuska-Susitna Borough
Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District
Mat-Su College
Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau
Municipality of Anchorage
Radio Free Palmer
Resource Data, Inc.
University of Alaska
Wostmann & Associates, Inc.

The Alaska Smart Communities Forum is a program to educate and build cooperation among public and private organizations to better serve citizens with information they can use through partnerships, data exchanges, tools, shared pr​ojects and resources. There are four focus areas: ​Data (identify new data sources, how to use, and share) App Services (integrating, analyzing and visualizing data of interest) Education (what other cities and organizations are doing); and Partnerships (sharing resources/data/investment in projects). The Forum has volunteer Working Groups to lead work in these areas.

What is a Smart Community?

A Smart Community uses data, tools and partnerships to better​​ serve its citizens with information they can use. Cities, boroughs and businesses collect vast amounts of data to operate and deliver services, often independently. They work to improve systems and processes to operate more efficiently, reduce costs, be more responsive, and enable citizens better access to services and to be ​more engaged with their community. Meanwhile, citizens demand easier ways to get information, get services, and better understand resources in their communities (e.g. parks, trails, facilities, and healthcare). Smart Communities create solutions that bring together data to help meet these needs.


Open Data Portal

Open Data is data that is available to the public. Perhaps permits and licenses issued, or coordinates for parks and trailheads, or locations of all healthcare facilities.



Anyone with a smart phone knows about apps. Apps help get information and perform tasks. The Matsu has identified several valuable needs that can be solved with an app.



Cooperation between governments, school districts, local utilities and other organizations foster creative ideas to mutually solve problems, reduce duplicate efforts, and use data already collected.

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AKSC Forum Recording 7/30/2020
Prior Alaska Smart Communities Forum Webcasts
Cities go digital to survive the new normal due to COVID-19
Data is driving our future and local governments aren't prepared
Anchorage i-Team and Food Bank of Alaska's SNAP text service named as a finalist
Muni of Anchorage COVID-19 Response Hub
Mat-Su COVID-19 Response Hub
MOA Open Data Portal
MOA Geographic Data & Information Center
Mat_Su Borough Open Data Portal
Alaska DCRA Community Database Online
Dept of Natural Resources Open Data
Alaska Energy Data Gateway
Alaska Labor Economic Trends
Alaska ROW Data by DOT&PF
Alaska Statewide Geoportal

Code for Anchorage
Anchorage GIS Overview
Anchorage School District Analytics Dashboards
Making Your Own Map in Mat-Su
Alaska Geospatial Council (AGC)
Sunlight Foundation
What Works Cities
Rancho Cucamonga Performance Dashboard
Pinellas County Open Data
Carver County's Open Data Portal
Austin CityUP Consortium
City of Portland Open Data