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File #: 1628-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 7/1/2020 In control: Public Service & Transportation Committee
On agenda: 7/20/2020 Final action: 7/23/2020
Title: To authorize the Chief Innovation Officer to modify a contract with Fahlgren Mortine for professional services related to the Smart Columbus website; to authorize the expenditure of up to $82,000.00 from the Street, Construction, Maintenance, and Repair Fund for this contract modification; and to declare an emergency. ($82,000.00)
Attachments: 1. Fahlgren Mortine Mod 1 legislation accounting string 20.06.pdf
Explanation
BACKGROUND
This ordinance authorizes the Chief Innovation Officer to execute a contract modification with Fahlgren Mortine in an amount of up to $82,000.00 for the Roadway Improvements - Smart Columbus Challenge contract to continue developing consumer-facing microsites for the Smart Columbus website related to the Smart City Challenge.

In 2016, the City of Columbus bested six other finalists to be named the winner of the Smart City Challenge, a nationwide competition administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation (Vulcan), which seeks 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.”

It is now necessary for the Smart City Program Management Office to modify the contract with Fahlgren Mortine to finish the development of consumer-facing microsites for the Smart Columbus website to aid in the outreach, recruitment, and overall adoption of the following USDOT projects: Linden Self-Driving Shuttle; the Connected Vehicle Environment; and the Multi-Modal Trip Planning/Common Payment System. The microsites will be a place to direct residents to learn more about each project, access resources like FAQs, express interest in participating in a project, download an application, and more.

The need for this modification could not be foreseen because the Institutional Review Board (IRB) required several more rounds of edits to the Connected Vehicle Environment website than what was anticipated and budgeted for. The needed edits from the IRB resulted in the Smart City Program Management Office learning recruitment best practices from other similar pilots indicating the need to on-board new communication vendors that warranted more robust digital tools. The assumption was made that website revisions would not be needed during the demonstration period in the original contract. Due to the added requiremen...

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