KC again passed over for federal Smart Cities grant

1 month 2 weeks 5 days ago October 16, 2016 Oct 16, 2016 Sunday, October 16 2016 Sunday, October 16, 2016 12:09:47 PM CDT in Continuous News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City has lost out on another bid for a federal technology grant, but officials hope to find other funding for planned projects.

The city applied for a recent round of funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for cutting-edge transportation technologies. The money would have been used to provide free Wi-Fi, kiosks and smart street lights along the planned Prospect MAX rapid bus line.

The Kansas City Star reported the city wasn't among the winners announced Thursday in the Smart City Challenge. Winners received grants of $3 million to about $11 million.

Kansas City Chief Innovation Officer Bob Bennett says the city has a plan, and there will be other ways to find project funding.

The city was also finalist for an earlier Smart City Challenge.

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