“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
The Georgia Smart Communities Challenge (Georgia Smart) is an award-winning program that empowers smart local development within the State of Georgia. GA Smart welcomes communities of any size in Georgia to apply for technical and financial assistance that enables them to envision, explore, and plan for their “smart” future. Selected communities are provided funding, a partnership with a Georgia Tech research team, networking opportunities, and access to additional, unique resources to execute their projects over the course of the year.
Georgia Smart is powered by the Georgia Institute of Technology, along with Georgia Power, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Association County Commissioners of Georgia, Georgia Centers for Innovation, Georgia Chamber, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Georgia Municipal Association, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Technology Association of Georgia, Georgia Planning Association, and the Global City Teams Challenge.