RALEIGH – Marketers have decided we live in the age of “smart.” Phones are smart phones, watches are smart watches—even trash cans can now be smart trash cans. Thanks to advanced sensor, wireless, and data analytics technologies, it’s possible for almost any product or service to become “smart.”

Even places are upping their IQ — smart cities, smart communities, smart farms. But what does that mean for us, the residents? How does North Carolina measure up in becoming a smart state?

On Tuesday, government leadership from across North Carolina and the US gathered in Raleigh’s Union Station to share best practices and lessons learned on their journey to smart. Deconstructed, that term “smart” is simply an umbrella label for a fundamental shift—from an information technology economy to a data driven economy…

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