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Georgia Smart Communities Challenge helps small and large cities improve quality of life.

By
Laura Diamond | June 12, 2018
• Albany, GA

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Georgia Smart Communities Challenge This new Georgia Tech-led initiative brings together industry and public agencies to help local governments implement smart development.

While the four Georgia communities represent different parts of the state, their leaders expressed a similar goal: improve the quality of life for residents.

The cities of Albany and Chamblee and the counties of Chatham and Gwinnett will soon embark on year-long projects to address housing blight, traffic and transportation woes and sea level rise along Georgia’s coast. These projects are supported through the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge, a Georgia Tech-led initiative that brings together industry and public agencies to support large and small neighborhoods in their efforts to implement cutting-edge smart technologies.

Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson and other state leaders traveled to Albany Tuesday to announce the four winners.

“Georgia Tech is very proud to have played a role in this program, which we believe will improve the quality of life in the participating communities and also provide models for other communities throughout our state to consider as they strive to make life better for their citizens,” Peterson said.

The program provides seed funding and access to technical assistance, expert advice and a network of peers. A Georgia Tech researcher will advise and conduct research in support of each group’s goals. 

The teams will each receive $50,000 in grants and $25,000 from Georgia Tech in research support. The selected communities each raised an additional $50,000.

Georgia Power is the lead sponsor of the program, with additional financial support from the Atlanta Regional Commission.

In Albany, the city and its collaborators will establish an efficient inventory of …

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