Ohio senator Sherrod Brown says Columbus’ skilled and diverse workforce, state-of-the-art research institutions, and strong-public-private partnerships will help this project succeed
Columbus, Ohio, has been chosen by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) as the winner of its Smart City Challenge. The competition was introduced with the aim of helping one city to develop a fully-integrated transportation network using data and technology to connect communities and move people and goods more efficiently
As a result, Columbus has secured $40m in funding from DOT and a further $10m from Vulcan Inc to upgrade its transportation system including electric vehicle infrastructure. An additional local investment of $90m has been also pledged to the project. A number of businesses and institutions have partnered with the city to help deliver the vision including Ohio State University, IBM, Battelle and Clean Fuels Ohio.
“Columbus’ skilled and diverse workforce, state-of-the-art research institutions, and strong-public-private partnerships will help this project succeed,” said Sherrod Brown, US senator for Ohio.
“I look forward to working with local leaders and community members to realize the vision of a first-of-its-kind transportation service that increases access to jobs, links neighborhoods, and improves real-time information in a sustainable, safe way.”
This investment will not only link neighborhoods and improve mobility for residents, it will also encourage additional growth and provide an environment for new and existing technology companies to locate in Columbus.
In addition to the $50m award, the winning city will also have access to technical support and expertise from private sector partners including Vulcan, NXP, Autodesk, and Mobileye to help execute the Smart City Plan.
The six other finalists in the competition were: Austin, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Kansas City, Missouri; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Portland, Oregon; and San Francisco, California.