Eastgate Earns Achievement Award for Smart2
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Eastgate Regional Council of Governments received a national award for its work on the Strategic & Sustainable, Medical & Manufacturing, Academic & Arts, Residential & Recreational, and Technology & Training centers, or Smart2, Network.
At the 53rd annual conference of the National Association of Regional Councils in Omaha last week, the organization presented its 2019 Achievement and Leadership Awards. Eastgate received the Medium Metro Achievement Award for Smart2. Jim Kinnick, Eastgate executive director, accepted the award on behalf of the project team.
“I am excited that we were recognized for this transformational project,” Kinnick said. “I certainly appreciate and acknowledge the collaboration of the agencies involved and the support of the public.”
Smart2 focuses on transportation solutions to enhance safety for residents, including improved street lighting, transit hubs and enhanced pedestrian and bicycle access. The project will also bring autonomous vehicles to the corridor.
On June 6, the city of Youngstown awarded a $491,000 contract to Akron-based PDM Group to begin preliminary design work on the Smart2 Network. In December, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the city and project partners a $10.8 million grant to support the project.
“Our goal is we want to have bid documents ready in spring of 2020,” said Charles Shasho, the city’s deputy director of public works, following the contract award to PDM.
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