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Final Report Released as Smart City Challenge Comes to an End

Brent Warren Brent Warren Final Report Released as Smart City Challenge Comes to an End

Expectations were high when Columbus won the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge in 2016, beating out a host of other cities, including Austin, Portland and San Fransisco. The win unlocked $40 million in federal grant money and a $10 million grant from Paul Allen’s Vulcan, Inc., but local leaders talked up the potential for […]

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Project Update: Smart Columbus in 2021 And Beyond

Walker Evans Walker Evans Project Update: Smart Columbus in 2021 And Beyond

It’s been nearly five full years since Columbus was declared the winner of the Smart City challenge and awarded $50 million from the US Department of Transportation and Vulcan, Inc. While some of the projects completed over the past half-decade have been fairly prominent, many others have occurred behind the scenes. “There’s a number of […]

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Parking and Transit Apps Get Upgrades as Smart Columbus Projects Wind Down

Brent Warren Brent Warren Parking and Transit Apps Get Upgrades as Smart Columbus Projects Wind Down

Columbus won the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City challenge in 2016, unlocking $40 million in federal grant money and a $10 million grant from Paul Allen’s Vulcan, Inc. Now, with the four-year initiative set to wind down, some of the projects funded by that money will end completely, some will continue with different funding sources, […]

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Drivers Wanted for Smart Columbus Connected Vehicle Study

Brent Warren Brent Warren Drivers Wanted for Smart Columbus Connected Vehicle Study

Officials from Smart Columbus provided an update this week on three projects that are currently moving forward in Linden, putting out a call for volunteers to assist with one of them. The organization is actively seeking drivers – people who regularly use Cleveland Avenue in Linden, as well as parts of North High Street and […]

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Tech Company Taking on Larger Role in Smart Columbus Projects

Brent Warren Brent Warren Tech Company Taking on Larger Role in Smart Columbus Projects

Pillar Technology, a growing Columbus-based company that has been active in the autonomous vehicle field for years, is now also playing a significant role in the Smart Columbus initiative. A group of Pillar employees were among the first occupants of the recently-opened Smart Columbus Experience Center. The focus of their work in the new space will […]

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Driverless Shuttle Planned for Downtown

Brent Warren Brent Warren Driverless Shuttle Planned for Downtown

A driverless shuttle bus could be roaming Downtown streets before the end of the year if a new Smart Columbus initiative moves forward as planned. Mark Patton, Smart Columbus Vice President at the Columbus Partnership, shared the news yesterday during a tour of the about-to-open Smart Columbus Experience Center. “I think the next thing that […]

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First Look: Smart Columbus Experience Center

Brent Warren Brent Warren First Look: Smart Columbus Experience Center

The new Smart Columbus Experience Center will officially open to the public this Saturday. The space, which is located on the first floor of the former Columbia Gas building at 170 Civic Center Drive, is meant to help explain the multifaceted initiative to visitors while also offering a vision of how getting around in Columbus could […]

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