Despite missing out on the $50 million grand prize in the national Smart City Challenge, Kansas City still plans to move forward with key innovations.
Columbus, Ohio, was chosen over Kansas City and five other finalists to receive $40 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation and $10 million from Vulcan Inc. to develop transportation innovations of the future.
However, Kansas City chief innovation officer Bob Bennett expressed optimism that technology companies will still contribute millions of dollars to some of Kansas City’s plans, and he said the city is still in line for some smaller federal grants.
Bennett noted the city plans implement the Wi-Fi and digital interactive kiosks along Prospect Avenue, adding to similar technology that already exists along Kansas City’s streetcar line.
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