Thursday, June 2, 2016

Seven Cities to Make Final Pitch for U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Smart City Challenge”


Mayors of Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco Will Speak at Live Event in Washington, DC to Champion their City Bids
WASHINGTON— On Thursday, June 9, mayors of the seven finalist cities in the Smart City Challenge will join U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in Washington, DC to make their final pitches for why each city should be selected as the winner. The event will take place at Long View Gallery at 2:00 PM EDT, and will also be webcast live online.
The seven finalists – Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco – were chosen from 78 total applications submitted by cities across the country. Each of the finalist cities was awarded a $100,000 grant to further develop their proposals. Last month, Secretary Foxx visited each of the finalists to meet with mayors and other local leaders as they worked to complete their final proposals.
The winner of the Smart City Challenge will receive up to $40 million from USDOT to help create a fully integrated, first-of-its-kind city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future.
The Department anticipates announcing the winning city later this month. To learn more about the Smart City Challenge, visit www.transportation.gov/smartcity.

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