Where Is Columbus One Year After Winning The Smart City Challenge?

Last year, Columbus, OH, won the U.S. Department of Transportation's Smart City Challenge, and with it $40 million in federal funding. Combined with $10 million from Vulcan and $90 million in funding from local shareholders, Columbus began its Smart City journey with a considerable war chest. The following stories see how the city has fared since this boon and what the future holds for Columbus.

Smart Columbus To Roll Out Electric Vehicle Test-Drives In October

Two multi-million dollar grants could catapult Columbus into the forefront of smart cities. A city council vote Monday evening could approve $500,000 of that money to help drivers become familiar with electric cars.

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Downtown Columbus Will Buy Bus Rides For 43,000 Workers

Despite a surge of redevelopment in downtown Columbus, office rents are tumbling and vacancy rates are on the up. The problem, business leaders say: Lack of parking. A structured parking space in the Ohio capital's space-crunched core runs nearly $25,000 a year, which typically isn't covered by revenues.

Read More at www.routefifty.com

Columbus, Ohio, To Launch Incentive Program For EV Charging Port Installation

Charging ports for electric vehicles (EVs) could soon start popping up in apartment building parking lots and other areas in and around Columbus, Ohio. The city will soon launch an incentive program to encourage the purchase and installation of some 1,685 charging ports over the next three years, according to city officials.

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NACo 2017: Collaboration Makes Columbus, Ohio's Smart City Efforts Possible

Regional and private sector collaboration are proving to be the engine behind Columbus, Ohio's remarkable smart city build-out, which is quickly revolutionizing the city. In June, Columbus beat out 77 other cities to win the U.S. Department of Transportation's Smart City challenge, a crown that came with a $50 million grant toward the effort.

Read More at statetechmagazine.com

Checking In On Columbus, OH A Year After Smart City Challenge

Last year, 78 midsize cities applied to the Department of Transportation's (DOT) inaugural Smart City Challenge to develop projects for an "integrated, first-of-its-kind smart transportation system that would use data, applications, and technology to help people and goods move more quickly, cheaply, and efficiently." Columbus's 32-page application won the day.

Read More at www.smartcitiesdive.com

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