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Smart Cities - Are They Coming To Ohio?

Last year, Columbus was awarded $50 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Microsoft-co-founder Paul Allen's Vulcan Foundation. The plan was to develop a comprehensive "Smart city" transportation strategy. 

Now, the city government, the business community and Ohio State University are collaborating to turn the broad vision of the grant proposal into concrete innovations. 

Its goals include alleviating congestion, reducing pollution, and enhancing mobility for everyone; in ways that make Columbus healthier, and more prosperous.

That's a tall order and it was a big topic of discussion among innovators at this week's Meeting of the Minds Conference, here in Cleveland.

To learn more about how Columbus aims to become a "Smart city," ideastream managing producer Joe Frolik sat down today with Mark Patton, Vice President of The Columbus Partnership.

Mark Patton - Vice President of The Columbus Partnership