Four Communities Selected for Inaugural Georgia Smart Communities Challenge




ATLANTA,GA — June 12, 2018 — Four Georgia communities developed and will implement smart design solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the state. The projects, which tackle housing, traffic congestion, sea level rise and shared autonomous vehicles, are supported through the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge.

This new Georgia Tech-led initiative brings together industry and public agencies to help local governments implement smart development. The strategies developed by the selected communities will serve as models that could be implemented elsewhere across Georgia.  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.

Here’s a quick look at the winners’ projects:

  • Albany Housing Data Initiative. Led by the city of Albany, the project will evaluate an automated housing registry, allowing for safe and sustainable housing inventory & improved revitalization
  • Shared Autonomous Vehicle Study. Led by the city of Chamblee, the project will study improvements in mobility through the use of autonomous vehicles that travel from MARTA stations into the community.
  • Smart Sea Level Tools for Emergency Planning and Response. Led by Chatham County, this project will develop and test a pilot sensor network for measuring sea level flood risk during natural disasters and storms, improving flood warnings and emergency response
  • Connected Vehicle Technology Master Plan. Led by Gwinnett County, this project will evaluate traffic management technologies for improved vehicle mobility, safety and connectivity throughout the region

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