Cork is located in the south-west of Ireland and is the second largest city in the country. It is recognised as a premier location for entrepreneurship, innovation, business, investment and tourism. With excellent international connectivity to the USA and UK via transatlantic undersea fibre cables, it has established itself as a digital gateway to Europe.

Over the last few years, Cork underwent a profound transformation in terms of its developing economy, increased population and expanding geography. In 2019, Cork City Council announced it was planning to extend the city’s boundaries, multiplying the area of the city by 5. While the extension will give Cork the potential to become a European city of scale, which is vital when attracting international investment to the region, it will require a significant transformation of public services for Cork and its citizens.

Cork City Council is setting up initiatives to transform Cork into a smart city, in accordance with the Smart Agenda for Cork. In May 2016, it put together the Cork Smart Gateway, a collaborative platform to enhance the reputation of Cork as an attractive place to live, work, visit and invest. 

Cork aims to be a city where public services and infrastructure use digital and innovative solutions to enable participative decision-making in an enhanced environment.

Cork was a participant city in the DCC.

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  • Core
Logroño
Logroño
Spain
  • Mentor
Antwerp
Antwerp
Belgium
  • Core
Trikala
Trikala
Greece
  • Mentor
Porto
Porto
Portugal
  • Core
Issy-les-Moulineaux
Issy-les-Moulineaux
France
  • Core
Galați
Galați
Romania
  • Core
Kavala
Kavala
Greece
  • Core
Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence
France
  • Mentor
Amsterdam
Amsterdam Metropolitan Area
Netherlands
  • Core
Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia
Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia
Slovenia
  • Core
Alcobendas
Alcobendas
Spain
  • Core
Vratsa
Vratsa
Bulgaria