Re:CAP Recommends | These Places Lost the Smart Cities Challenge. But They Say They Ended Up Ahead

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February 23, 2017

Re:CAP Recommends:These Places Lost the Smart Cities Challenge. But They Say They Ended Up Ahead” by Daniel Vock for Governing Magazine

Who: Daniel Vock is Governing’s transportation and infrastructure reporter. He has a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield.

What: As the 2016 federal Smart City Challenge drew to a close, the runners-up learned something valuable­—everyone wins. The Smart City Challenge encourages participating cities to think innovatively about advancing ecology-minded initiatives in transportation and infrastructure. Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco were among the finalists this year; Columbus, Ohio in the end came out ahead.

Takeaway: With federal innovation challenges of this kind, all parties win. Innovation challenges like those of prize philanthropy, for example the Wendy Schmidt X-Prize Challenge, programs realize great strides in innovation from unlikely sources. 

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