Smart Region Task Force to Prepare for Emerging Technologies
Central Ohio communities are furthering their efforts to become a “smart region” by joining together in preparation for smart infrastructure investments.
Members of MORPC’s new Smart Region Task Force recently gathered for their first meeting.
The idea of the task force came last year as more smart mobility efforts unfolded and it became even clearer that technological advancements will dramatically disrupt the status quo of current planning and funding efforts for local governments.
Although the task force is not a standing committee at MORPC, the local officials and other innovation thought leaders that are part of it will regularly meet over a two-year period to discuss the potential benefits and unintended consequences of smart infrastructure.
The task force is being led by Dublin City Manager Dana McDaniel, who also has a lead role with the Northwest 33 Innovation Corridor. That corridor is a 35-mile stretch of U.S. Route 33 between Dublin, Marysville and East Liberty that is equipped with high-capacity fiber optic cable to instantaneously link researchers and traffic monitors with data from embedded and wireless sensors along the roadway.
The task force will continue to work on regional policies and guidelines that will lead to more smart mobility opportunities over the coming years.