Columbus ‘innovation lab’ to continue as smart city challenge concludes

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Columbus, Ohio has concluded the US Department of Transportation’s US$40 million Smart City Challenge – which has seen it roll out a series of mobility innovations to connect residents and improve equity across the city over the past five years.

In 2016, the city saw off competition from 77 other US municipalities to claim the award, which was then combined with an additional US$10 million from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and US$19 million in city, state and county cost-share.

The programme has given the city the opportunity to transform its mobility ecosystem by reducing its dependence on petrol and diesel vehicles as well as providing new services and benefits to residents through the Smart Columbus programme.

“Societal problems are more complex than ever: climate change, growing inequity and workforce disruption are indisputable challenges that can be mitigated with inclusive adoption and deployment of new and next technologies,” said Jordan Davis, Executive Director of Smart Columbus.

+INFO: Cities Today

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