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File #: 1294-2017    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 5/8/2017 In control: Public Service & Transportation Committee
On agenda: 6/5/2017 Final action: 6/8/2017
Title: To authorize the Director of Public Service to execute a professional services contract with GPD Group relative to the Smart City Challenge - Vulcan Charging And Decarbonization project; to authorize the expenditure of up to $1,198,892.87 from the Smart City grant fund; and to declare an emergency. ($1,198,892.87)
Attachments: 1. Legislation Accounting Templates
Explanation
1. BACKGROUND
This legislation authorizes the Director of Public Service to enter into a professional services contract with Glaus, Pyle, Schomer, Burns & DeHaven, Inc., hereafter referenced as GPD, in an amount of up to $1,198,892.87 for the provision of various professional services related to the Smart City Challenge. GPD was selected through the City’s request for proposal (RFP) process.

The Smart City Challenge is a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) grant program seeking to “create a fully integrated, first-of-its kind city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future.” In 2016, the City of Columbus, acting through the Department of Public Service, applied for and won the Smart City Challenge, receiving a $40 million dollar grant from USDOT and a $10 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation (Vulcan).

Ordinance 1863-2016 authorized the Director of Public Service to enter into agreements with and to accept grant monies and other resources from Vulcan. This Ordinance is seeking Council approval to expend funds received from the Phase 2 grant agreement with Vulcan, which is in support of the Smart Columbus Electrification Plan. This plan is to enable the City to lay a practical path to replacing carbon-based fuel consumption through critical system improvements that increase safety, reduce carbon emissions, and enhance mobility. Some aspects of the Smart Columbus Electrification Plan will be performed by an internal, interdepartmental City team coordinated through the Smart Columbus Program Office. The consultant is to provide the team with additional resources related to communications, outreach, and other tasks needed to accomplish the Smart Columbus Electrification Plan. The consultant will be managed by the Smart Columbus Program Office.

The Department of Public Service, Office of Support Services, solicited Requests for Proposals for the Smart City Challenge - Vulca...

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