Agenda Item # 9

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting
Agenda Report #111

TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Knight Cities Challenge Grant

INITIATED BY: Information Technology



Recommendation: Approval is requested to submit an application and if approved, accept funds up to $229,950 or otherwise awarded from the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley for The Columbus, GA, -based version of the 2015-2016 Knight Cities Challenge for Public Wi-Fi around and inside the Natatorium, Plaza area of Government Center, and the area surrounding the Civic Center and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the grant awarded, with no local match required.

Background: Currently the public has to rely on commercial, or business coverage for Wi-Fi Internet service in public spaces. This project will begin to address the needs of the public, especially the undeserved in the community, obtain reliable free internet service in the spaces owned by the city. The newness of the project is really in terms of this needs to be done in a modern city, but no one has started the process in Columbus. This type project is best suited for local government and not private entities. Public space is the first step towards the “well connected ‘Gigabit city’”. The grant will run for 18 months.

Analysis: Public amenities like public Wi-Fi have been shown to attract and retaining talent for the community, expanding economic opportunity and creating a culture of civic engagement.

Financial Considerations: The grant amount requested is $229,950.00 for the Information Technology Department. The City is not required to provide matching funds to participate in this grant, but implementation will be by the CCG Information Technology Staff.

Legal Considerations: The City has to certify the following:

1. You hereby represent that the Proposal is an original work of your, your employees or agents.
2. You agree that the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc. may share your information and the contents of your application with partners, funding or otherwise.
3. You agree that the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc. has permission to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of and display the contents of your application without compensation or notification, including without limitation, the promotion and redistribution of the contents in any media formats and through any media channels.

Additionally, the City will be obligated to comply with the terms of the grant.

Recommendation: Approval is requested to submit an application and if approved, accept funds up to $229,950 or otherwise awarded from the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley for The Columbus, GA, -based version of the 2015-2016 Knight Cities Challenge for Public Wi-Fi around and inside the Natatorium, Plaza area of Government Center, and the area surrounding the Civic Center and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the grant awarded, with no local match required.

A RESOLUTION
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A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER OR THEIR DESIGNEE TO APPLY FOR AND ACCEPT, IF AWARDED, A GRANT FROM THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF THE CHATTAHOOCHEE VALLEY IN THE AMOUNT OF $229,950.00 OR AS OTHERWISE AWARDED, WITH NO LOCAL MATCH REQUIRED, BUT IMPLEMENTATION WILL BE BY THE CCG INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STAFF, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PUBLIC Wi-Fi AT CITY OWNED VENUES, AND TO AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND (OR APPLICABLE FUND) BY THE AMOUNT OF THE AWARD.

WHEREAS, the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley has made grant funds available for The Columbus, GA, -based version of the 2015-2016 Knight Cities Challenge; and,

WHEREAS, public Wi-Fi around and inside the Natatorium, Plaza area of Government Center, and area surrounding the Civic Center is needed: and,

WHEREAS, Wi-Fi in Public spaces is the first step towards a well-connected ‘Gigabit city’; and,

WHEREAS, public amenities like public Wi-Fi have been shown to attract and retain talent for the community, expanding economic opportunity and creating a culture of civic engagement; and,

WHEREAS, the Columbus, GA, -based version of the 2015-2016 Knight Cities Challenge can provide funding for Public Wi-Fi at these City Owned Venues.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to submit an application for and if awarded, accept a grant from the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley in the amount of $229,950.00, or as otherwise awarded, with no local match, but implementation will be by the CCG Information Technology Staff, and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund (or applicable fund) by the amount awarded.

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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________ 2016, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.

Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Buck voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.

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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor