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City wins Smart Cities Council Challenge Grant

Thursday, February 9, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

On Wednesday, the city announced it had finally won a grant with the word “smart” in the title. This particular one is called the Smart Cities Council Challenge Grant, and it’s billed as a way the city can build a strategy that leverages the latest technology to solve its mobility problems. Austin is one of just five cities, along with Indianapolis, Miami, Orlando and Philadelphia, chosen by the Smart Cities Council, a network of businesses dedicated to cultivating livable, sustainable cities across the country. The grant comes with a “custom readiness workshop” that will help the city figure out how to solve mobility needs with an emphasis on underserved populations. “Winning the Smart Cities Council Challenge Grant puts us that much closer to creating a comprehensive strategy to use technology to benefit communities that are usually left behind,” Mayor Steve Adler said in a press release on Wednesday.

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