Four Communities Selected for Inaugural Georgia Smart Communities Challenge

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. 

The winning proposals are:

  • Albany Housing Data Initiative
  • Shared Autonomous Vehicle Study
  • Smart Sea Level Tools for Emergency Planning and Response
  • Connected Vehicle Technology Master Plan
The four selected communities show cities of all sizes can work on smart development and that these projects are strongest when done through collaboration... Other cities will not be excluded from the broad Georgia Smart community as we remain committed to supporting smart development across the state and beyond.
— Debra Lam, managing director of Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation at Georgia Tech