Smart infrastructure challenge announces winners of $50 million in seed funding
 
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Four development teams have taken home top prizes in a competition for advanced infrastructure proposals, each securing up to $10 million in investment capital. The winning projects, which include an infrastructure-to-vehicle communications system in Arizona and a regional transportation partnership in Cincinnati, were announced last Friday at the Smarter Regions Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

The conference, which doubled as a pitch competition for 80 groups seeking startup funding, was sponsored by consulting firm Venture Smarter, which advises local governments on technology-driven solutions to civic problems. While four projects were chosen as the winners in specific categories, the firm's chief executive, Zack Huhn, said…

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