Columbus received a total of $50 million in the form of two grants, $40 million from USDOT and $10 million from Vulcan, Inc., a Paul G. Allen philanthropy. These dollars provided the seed funding for Smart Columbus, a region-wide Smart City initiative co-led by the City of Columbus and Columbus Partnership. The City of Columbus, under the leadership of Mayor Ginther, is the lead recipient of the $50 million and is administering the deployment of these funds for the duration of the grant period, which concludes at the end of 2020.
The Columbus Partnership, representing the Columbus Region’s private sector, is the lead implementation partner for the grant program and is responsible for the initiative’s Acceleration Fund, which is credited as a significant factor in Columbus’ winning of USDOT’s Smart City Challenge. The Acceleration Fund is made up of coordinated and aligned investments by the private and public sectors that will complement, scale and sustain Smart Columbus projects and programs into the future.
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Chief of Economic Development, City of Tulsa
Deputy Innovation Officer, City of Columbus
CIO, Central Ohio Transit Authority
VP Smart Cities, Columbus Partnership
Executive Director, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)
Senior Associate Director for the Center for Automotive Research, Ohio State University