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The Confluence Cast: Former Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Former Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx

How is Columbus going to deal with its anticipated growth? Former United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, who was in town for MORPC’s State of the Region meeting, sat down with Columbus Underground reporter Brent Warren to discuss that, the importance of helping people with technology, and autonomous vehicles. The Confluence Cast is sponsored by The […]

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IT Startup Community Engages in Smart Columbus

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega IT Startup Community Engages in Smart Columbus

Columbus won the Smart City Challenge last June, beating out 77 competing cities, including Austin, Portland, OR, San Francisco and Denver. With a $40 million grant from the USDOT, and adding in local public and private investment, a total of $417 million is going into the initiative. Mayor Andrew Ginther wants to raise that to […]

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More Details Unveiled on “Smart Columbus” Transportation Program

Brent Warren Brent Warren More Details Unveiled on “Smart Columbus” Transportation Program

Columbus was named the winner of the federal government’s Smart City Challenge in July, beating out cities like Austin, Portland and San Francisco for the $40 million prize (as well as $10 million from Paul Allen’s Vulcan, Inc.).  Civic and business leaders made a strong push to secure the grant, including a pledge to leverage the grant […]

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Editorial: Driverless Cars Could Usher in a New Era of Suburban Sprawl

Walker Evans Walker Evans Editorial: Driverless Cars Could Usher in a New Era of Suburban Sprawl

The City of Columbus beat out 78 other cities who applied for the Smart City grant, which is a great accomplishment and an amazing testimony to the abilities of our local leaders to rise above the competition and win our city some national recognition as well as transportation funding. If you’ve read through the details […]

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Ohio House Reps Applaud Smart City Grant, Official Announcement Coming Today

Walker Evans Walker Evans Ohio House Reps Applaud Smart City Grant, Official Announcement Coming Today

Even though the news broke early on Tuesday via US Senator Sherrod Brown, local officials have not yet made the official announcement that Columbus has won the $50 million Smart City Grant. The news is expected to come later today during a press conference taking place at the Douglas Recreation Center at 12:30pm. Members of the […]

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Local Leaders Pledge $90 Million to New Transportation Technology Fund

Walker Evans Walker Evans Local Leaders Pledge $90 Million to New Transportation Technology Fund

In March, Columbus was announced as one of seven finalists eligible for a $40 million federal transportation grant known as the “Smart City Challenge”, which would be applied to implementing new transit technologies in the region. Last week, local leaders made their case for that funding in front of US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx during a special […]

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