YOUNGSTOWN — The Ohio Department of Transportation, DriveOhio and the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments announced that Youngstown will host the 2020 Ohio Smart Mobility Summit.
The forum, which will take place July 16 and 17 at Covelli Centre, will feature automated and connected vehicle technology from across the globe.
“Ohio is a leader in transportation innovation,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a news release. “The 2020 Ohio Smart Mobility Summit in Youngstown will attract national organizations and provide opportunities for local communities, government and industry to explore automated and connected smart mobility solutions on the ground and in the air.”
The event will feature live demos, vendor exhibits and guest speakers focused on automated and connected smart mobility solutions on the ground and in the air. It’s an opportunity for local communities, government, industry and research institutions to connect and discuss collaborative initiatives around automated, connected, electric and shared technologies in Ohio.
“There is a paradigm shift underway in the transportation industry,” said Jack Marchbanks, ODOT director. “The summit will shine a spotlight on the smart mobility ecosystem we have developed in Ohio. I firmly believe that automated and connected technology will make our roads safer, more efficient and increase business opportunity for everyone.”
The DeWine-Husted administration had a series of events across the Mahoning Valley on Wednesday featuring state agencies. The 2020 Ohio Smart Mobility Summit announcement was made during ODOT’s event with the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments detailing its U.S. Department of Transportation BUILD Grant project.
The $10.5 million grant will be used to make mobility improvements to downtown Youngstown and to deploy an automated shuttle, operated by the Western Reserve Transit Authority, that will connect Youngstown State University, St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, a business district and an entertainment district.
The grant is paired with $10 million in local match funds for a total project budget of $20.5 million.