Partnership Selected to Participate in the Second Cohort of T4America’s Smart Cities Collaborative
Transportation for America (T4America) announced today that Centennial and Denver South Economic Development Partnership (Denver South EDP) were selected to participate in the second cohort of their Smart Cities Collaborative program. In its second year, the Collaborative will again bring together cities to collaborate on the challenges related to implementing smart mobility policies and projects to improve urban transportation throughout the Denver metro region’s southeast corridor.
Over the course of the year, Centennial and Denver South EDP will join 21 other communities to tackle how emerging technologies and new mobility options are reshaping the use of the right-of-way and curb space, and to ensure people and goods keep moving through Denver South safely and efficiently.
“The City of Centennial looks forward to continuing to work with Transportation for America and their Smart Cities Collaborative. Having the opportunity to work with other cities, share ideas and continue to learn in this era of evolving technologies is so important for our Centennial community,” says Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko. “Working with others to implement innovations in the Denver south region allows us to continue to be a sought after destination to live and work.”
“On behalf of our public and private sector partners, Denver South EDP is thrilled about our participation in Transportation for America’s year two Smart Cities Collaborative,” said Daniel Hutton, Managing Director of Transportation at Denver South EDP. “Denver South’s charge as an innovative, regional collaborator provides us a unique opportunity to share our experiences and insight as a champion of public-private partnership and interjurisdictional cooperation. Our acceptance into this program adds validity to the shared vision we’ve developed with our stakeholders throughout the Denver metro region’s southeast corridor. We look forward to working closely with all the members of the Collaborative to develop innovative solutions to transportation and mobility issues now and in the future.”
Two Colorado cities, Boulder and Centennial along with Denver South, were selected from a group of 50 cities that applied to be a part of the Collaborative this year. The inaugural cohort of cities tackled challenges related to automated vehicles, shared mobility and how to use data to manage complex transportation networks.
This year’s cohort will focus on how emerging technologies and new mobility options are reshaping the right-of-way and curb space and changing the way we move through our communities.
“Whether electric scooters, new bikesharing systems, curbside delivery, or ridesourcing services, the pace of innovation is accelerating and these technologies and new mobility options are already on our streets and having a tangible impact in our communities.” said Russ Brooks, T4America’s Director of Smart Cities. Centennial and our other participating cities are eager to work together and cooperate, not only to bring these new technologies to their communities, but also to ensure that they are directed toward solving their most pressing transportation challenges and helping them become more efficient, safe, and equitable places to live and work.”
The Collaborative will hold its first meeting in Denver on April 16-17. Throughout the year Centennial and Denver South EDP will participate in a variety of interactive workshops, both with the other cities and with industry-leading transportation experts. From there, the participants will receive direct technical assistance and share the results of their projects with the rest of the Collaborative to drive best practices across the country.
The full list of 22 communities participating in the Collaborative in 2018 are:
Los Angeles, CA,
New York, NY
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Santa Monica, CA
West Sacramento, CA
ABOUT TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA
Transportation for America is an alliance of elected, business and civic leaders from communities across the country, united to ensure that states and the federal government step up to invest in smart, homegrown, locally-driven transportation solutions — because these are the investments that hold the key to our future economic prosperity. Learn more at t4america.org. T4America is a program of Smart Growth America.
ABOUT CENTENNIAL, COLORADO
Located in the south metro Denver area, the City of Centennial, Colorado is home to more than 109,000 residents. As one of the safest cities in Colorado, Centennial has something for everyone, offering open-space, distinctive recreational activities and advanced business opportunities.
The award winning Littleton Public Schools and Cherry Creek School District are the top school districts in the state and serve the residents of Centennial. USA Today and Money Magazine recently ranked Centennial among the "Best Places to Live" in America. The City is known as an innovative leader in successfully using both public and private partnerships to provide high quality and cost effective municipal services to our community and businesses.
ABOUT DENVER SOUTH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP
The Denver South Economic Development Partnership (Denver South EDP) provides visionary economic development leadership, civic involvement and positive business advocacy in a non-partisan and collaborative manner to continuously improve the region’s economy and high-quality standard of living. This is achieved through local, regional and global business retention, expansion and attraction strategies; investment in modern transportation and other infrastructures; and promotion of public-private partnerships and public policy advocacy. The Denver South EDP is comprised of multiple local governments including Arapahoe County, Douglas County, City of Greenwood Village, City of Centennial, City of Denver, City of Lone Tree; the Centennial Airport, along with the local business community in the Denver South region.