Smart Columbus: Former federal transportation secretary says ‘the world is watching’

Foxx made his first visit to Central Ohio this week since awarding the $50 million Smart Cities Challenge in 2016. In his talks since then with transportation leaders around the globe, he said, there’s no doubt “the world is watching.”

“The fundamental problem we still face … is how do we build a future in which everybody is a part of it?” Foxx said. “How do we build an inclusive future with all these amazing tools of technology available to us? Our default systems won’t do it.”

Foxx addressed 1,000 civic leaders about the promise of Smart Columbus at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s annual meeting.

“You won because you had real conviction about the problems you faced,” he said. “You had real urgency around using this grant as a way to tackle those challenges.”