• “Creating a better connected Georgia requires research and collaboration from many stakeholders across every layer of the public and private sector.”

    -Christine Primmer, Strategic Manager, Georgia Power Smart Cities Initiative

  • “This vital initiative significantly expands our state's ability to bring smart connectivity and leading-edge technologies to all of our communities.”

    -Larry K. Williams, President and CEO, Technology Association of Georgia

  • “The Georgia Smart Communities Challenge is a great team effort that utilizes state expertise, technology and leadership to help communities compete in economic development.”

    -Pat Wilson, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development

  • “Community initiatives can be more successful through collaborative, people-focused approaches, and those qualities are what make the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge an important effort for the region.”

    -Doug Hooker, Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission


Georgia Tech and its partners are pleased to announce the 2018 Georgia Smart Communities. These communities were chosen from a pool of applicants from around the state to receive grant funding and participate in a yearlong Smart planning study.

City of Albany

Chatham County

City of Chamblee

Gwinnett County

The Georgia Smart Communities Challenge is a first-of-its-kind opportunity for communities of any size in Georgia to receive funding and support that enables them to envision, explore, and plan for their “smart” future. Communities will be given $50,000 in grant funding, a partnership with a Georgia Tech research team, networking opportunities, and access to additional, unique resources to execute their projects. These unique resources include connections to industry experts and access to technology solutions provided by our provider-partners.

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