Last year Georgia Tech introduced the ‘Georgia Smart’ initiative, which provides funding and technical assistance to local governments as they develop and deploy “smart community technologies” into their operations.
The program selects four winners from a pool of applicants, who then receive a $50,000 grant (courtesy of Georgia Power), direct assistance from a Georgia Tech researcher, and access to a network of peer governments and other experts for further support. The year-long projects conclude with a presentation that lay out findings and the next steps to be taken. Projects that fall under the “smart community technologies” banner can be anything from ‘intelligent infrastructures’ such as autonomous or connected vehicle technology, as explored last year by winners Chamblee and Gwinnett County, to information and communication technologies, such as Albany’s housing data analytics initiative.
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