Portman Congratulates Columbus for Receiving Major Transportation "Smart City" Grant

June 21, 2016 | Press Releases

Portman Says Grant Will “Reshape the Transportation Sector in Central Ohio for Decades to Come”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) issued the following statement congratulating the City of Columbus for winning the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge and receiving $40 million in grant funding from the federal government to further develop its intelligent transportation systems:

“This grant, combined with its public-private investment, will help reshape the transportation sector in central Ohio for decades to come, and I’d like to congratulate Mayor Ginther and the City of Columbus for receiving this major award.  I’m proud that I was able to work with the mayor and the private sector in their bid to win this grant by leading the congressional delegation pitch. Most importantly, this grant will help meet the transportation needs of Ohioans who live in the low-income neighborhoods in and around Columbus to ensure they can get to their job, or receive a good education. I will continue to work with Mayor Ginther, the City of Columbus, and Central Ohio economic development partners to ensure that this is a sound investment in innovation for Ohio and for the country.”

NOTE: Senator Portman has worked with federal, state, and local leaders throughout the process in the effort to help the mayor and city land the multi-million dollar grant, including:

  • Portman led an entire Ohio Congressional delegation letter in support of the final round.
  • Portman also wrote a letter of support for the initial round of the challenge to help the city of Columbus in their effort to be selected as one out of seven finalists, out of 70 applicants.
  • Portman’s office facilitated a one-on-one meeting with Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and U.S. Secretary Foxx. 
  • Portman held a roundtable at the OSU Center for Automotive Research where he brought together Central Ohio auto experts together to discuss strategy around the Smart Cities Final Application.
  • Portman's office and staff attended several staff meetings in Washington, D.C. and Columbus to advocate for the city of Columbus.