Albany selected for 1st GA Smart Communities challenge

Albany selected for 1st GA Smart Communities challenge
Mayor of Albany Dorothy Hubbard (Source: WALB)
Mayor of Albany Dorothy Hubbard (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany was selected to be a part of the very first Georgia Smart Community Challenge, a partnership with Georgia Tech, and they beat out 13 other communities for this program.

They will focus on a housing registry to improve the neighborhoods, locate blight, and to make it safer.

With this research, they will help tackle challenges across the state.

The city will be granted $50,000 that they will match.

Mayor Hubbard says this will allow them to address the backlog of neighborhood improvements that need to be fixed.

"We're pleased to be recipients of these critical funds and are honored to have our proposal recognized as an innovative approach to meet the sustainable change and challenges that are facing us in housing," said Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard.

Omar Asensio is the assigned researcher from Georgia Tech who will work with the city for a year to conduct research to make sure the project is going as planned.

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