Monthly Archives: June 2016

Pittsburgh Dodges Bullet, Loses “Smart Cities” Challenge

40 million dollars from the federal government,to enhance transportation infrastructure.

Another $10 million providedbya venture capitalfirm’s philanthropy–the carrot tied to the wagonof “high tech”innovations.

Pittsburgh, froma field of 78 applicants, had made it to the final round of 7–the celebrated seven!We were competing against the likes of Portland, Austin, San Francisco, Denver… all the most shiningcities upon hills.

The Comet applauds localofficials foranswering the nation’s call to begin planning and preparing cities for a likely futureeconomy. But can you imagine what would have happened if Columbus, Ohio didn’t steal the grand prize,with itsgreatermatching fund commitments and crisp pitch? Continue reading