• “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 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 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.



Georgia Tech is pleased to announce the 2019 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge.

In this second year for Georgia Smart, the program has strengthened its partnership with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), allowing Georgia Smart to increase the Grant funding available to applicants in the Metro-Atlanta region (ARC’s 20 county region) and bring additional expertise in Community planning and development to Georgia Smart Metro-Atlanta challenge winners.

The Georgia Smart Communities Challenge opportunity for the entire state of Georgia will open in February, however, we are excited to announce today our partnership with ARC and invite Metro-Atlanta communities interested in the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge to submit proposals to our new Georgia Smart - ARC joint 2019 call for proposals. Metro-Atlanta communities have the opportunity this year to submit proposals to ARC's Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) with a supplemental application for Georgia Smart. Proposals submitted to the LCI program with Georgia Smart should be in the topic of Smart Cities related to Mobility. Applications can be completed between January 15th and March 29th.

Interested communities should visit ARC's LCI website.

For more information, please see ARC’s LCI & CDAP Assistance Application Guidebook. Applications should be completed and submitted on ARC’s website by the end of March.

2019 LCI with Georgia Smart Application for Metro-Atlanta Communities

Georgia Smart 2018 Challenge Winners

The 2018 Georgia Smart Communities were chosen from a pool of applicants from around the state to receive grant funding and participate in a yearlong smart planning study.