Columbus, Ohio shares the plan behind its $500 million smart city portfolio

City innovation chief Michael Stevens is managing half a billion dollars' worth of investments in electric vehicles, new transit and a data platform. He tells StateScoop the technology needs to work for everyone.

Columbus, Ohio, is far from a backwater. It’s a city of 860,000 residents, home to one of the biggest public universities in the country and capital of one of the top manufacturing states. But it’s not exactly top-of-mind when you think of the ideal 21st-century city.

That changed in 2016, though, when Columbus beat out 77 other cities for a $40 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation with its plan to remake its transportation systems with electric and (eventually) autonomous vehicles and new, rapid bus lines that connect residents of previously neglected low-income communities with commercial corridors and health services.

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Victoria Krisman
Victoria Krisman is Interactive Media Specialist and Communications Manager for the Intelligent Community Forum.
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