Agenda Item # 3

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

April 24, 2018

Agenda Report # 112

TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: 2018 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge Grant

INITIATED BY: Information Technology

Recommendation: Approval is requested to submit an application and if awarded, accept the 2018 Georgia SMART Communities Challenge Grant in the amount of $50,000, or as otherwise awarded, with a 100% local match requirement and to amend the multi-governmental fund by the amount of the award.

Background: Developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology, in partnership with the Institute for People and Technology, the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge allows communities to plan for their "SMART" future. Working to aid in the innovation of Georgia communities, the SMART Communities Initiative provides opportunity to work with research professionals and advisors throughout the planning process. A total of four cities will be awarded a grant in the amount of $50,000 dollars, or as otherwise awarded, and the initial year-one projects will begin in August of 2018.

Analysis: If awarded the Grant, the Columbus Consolidated Government will receive funding for planning of the implementation of public wireless access and IoT devices. These devices are intended to increase livability, drive collaboration and enhance public safety. Additionally, the Georgia Institute of Technology will provide research staff to conduct onsite development and initial research plans.

Financial Considerations: The Grant amount of $50,000, or as otherwise awarded, with a 100% local match requirement.

Legal Considerations: Any Grant concerns will be vetted by the CCG City Attorney’s Office.

Recommendations/Actions: Approval is requested to submit an application and if awarded, accept the 2018 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge Grant in the amount of $50,000, or as otherwise awarded, with a 100% local match requirement and to amend the multi-governmental fund by the amount of the award.


A RESOLUTION
NO. _____

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR, CITY MANAGER OR DESIGNEE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR, AND IF AWARDED, ACCEPT A 2018 GEORGIA SMART COMMUNITIES CHALLENGE GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $50,000, OR AS OTHERWISE AWARDED, WITH 100% LOCAL MATCH REQUIREMENT AND TO AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY THE AMOUNT OF THE AWARD.

WHEREAS, Communities are made up of government and non-government groups that want to work together towards a common, smart-community future; and,

WHEREAS, the Columbus Consolidated Government is eligible to receive $50,000 in funding with 100% local match requirement; with 50% of the match coming from local partners and 50% of the match coming from the Columbus Consolidated Government; with the in-kind match expected to be 80% of the grant and the cash match expected to be 20% or $10,000; and the $10,000 being budgeted in the Information Technology budget; and,

WHEREAS, the grant requires that the governing body be notified of the application.

That the Mayor, City Manager, or Designee is hereby authorized to submit an application and if awarded, accept the 2018 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge Grant in the amount of $50,000, or as otherwise awarded, with a 100% local match requirement and to amend the multi-governmental fund by the amount of the award.

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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________ 2018, 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 Garrett voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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