Milton and Woodstock have been named two of four Georgia cities to win the 2019 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge, a competition overseen by Georgia Tech. GEORGIA TECH

Milton, Woodstock each awarded $50K in Tech grants

Milton and Woodstock will each receive $50,000 and technical assistance from Georgia Tech as 2019 winners of the university’s Georgia Smart Communities Challenge.

Milton won on its proposal for a Smarter Safer Routes to School initiative, and Woodstock, for a Smart Master Plan and Corridor Study, according to a Tech announcement. Columbus and Macon also were named grant recipients. Information: https://b.gatech.edu/2IrIiDd

To promote walking and bicycling to school, Milton proposes creating a network of programmed devices, such as smart phones, to connect students and parents, facilitate walking and biking groups, and designate safe primary routes, Tech said.

Woodstock seeks to conduct a study “to improve mobility and congestion … and deal with rapid growth and uneven commuting patterns,” Tech said.

In addition to the $50,000 grant, Tech said it will assign a researcher to lend assistance as communities develop their pilot projects, and ensure access to peer governments to share best practices and to local, national and international experts.

The Smart Communities Challenge is organized by Georgia Tech in partnership with Georgia Power and the Atlanta Regional Commission, Association County Commissioners of Georgia, Georgia Centers for Innovation, Georgia Chamber, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Georgia Municipal Association, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Technology Association of Georgia, Georgia Planning Association and Global Cities Team Challenge.

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