2 Colorado cities picked for ‘Smart City Collaborative’ – Denver Business Journal

Two Colorado cities have made the list of 22 communities nationwide to joint the 2018 Smart Cities Collaborative.

The collaborative, run by Washington, D.C.-based Transportation for America, is now in its second year. The participants will meet to discuss transportation problems and solutions.

Boulder and Centennial made the list, which also includes big cities like San Francisco, Houston and Los Angeles.

The Smart Cities Collaborative provides direct technical assistance to the member cities and promotes collaboration between them, according to Steve Davis, Transportation for America’s director of communications.

Cities involved in the first year’s collaborative tackled challenges related to automated vehicles, shared mobility and how to use data to manage complex transportation networks.

This year, the group will focus on how emerging technologies and new mobility options are reshaping the right-of-way and curb space as well as changing the way we move through our communities, according to an announcement from Centennial and its partner in the project, the Denver South Economic Development Partnership. Fifty cities applied for the second year collaborative.

"Whether electric scooters, new bikesharing systems, curbside delivery or ride-sourcing services, the pace of innovation is accelerating and these technologies and new mobility options are already on our streets and having a tangible impact in our communities.” said Russ Brooks, T4America’s Director of Smart Cities.

“The City of Centennial looks forward to continuing to work with Transportation for America and their Smart Cities Collaborative. Having the opportunity to work with other cities, share ideas and continue to learn in this era of evolving technologies is so important for our Centennial community,” Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko said in a statement.

The collaborative will hold its first meeting in Denver on April 16-17.

Here are the 22 local governments participating in the 2018 Smart Cities Collaborative:

AtlantaAustinBoulder, ColoradoCentennial, ColoradoGainesville, FloridaHoustonIndianapolisLos AngelesMadison, Wisconsin Miami-Dade, FloridaMinneapolisNew YorkPittsburghPortland, Oregon San Diego, CaliforniaSan FranciscoSan Jose, CaliforniaSanta Monica, CaliforniaSeattleToronto, Ontario Washington, D.C.West Sacramento, California

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