Ford drives City of Tomorrow Challenge into Grand Rapids
A new public-private partnership is aiming to engage the public to improve Grand Rapids’ transit infrastructure.
The challenge is a crowd-sourcing platform designed to bring community members together to propose mobility solutions for Grand Rapids, with the winning ideas receiving $100,000 for a pilot.
“As our city grows, we want to ensure we are working with our community to make getting around Grand Rapids easier,” Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said. “We also want to strengthen confidence in our existing transportation systems.”
Grand Rapids is the third city chosen to participate in the program, following Ford’s announcements earlier this month to also work with Pittsburgh and Miami. Each challenge focuses on addressing the given city’s needs.
“What may work for one city might not work for another,” said John Kwant, VP, Ford City Solutions. “Grand Rapids has its own unique needs, and it understands how seeking out new ideas to complement existing transportation systems can aid its effort to become a more accessible, walkable city.”
The period for participants to submit their ideas will begin the week of July 23.
Semi-finalists will be selected to attend a prototyping session and receive mentoring and support to refine their ideas before submitting a final pilot proposal.
Finalists will be selected in the last stage of the challenge, and Ford, the city and its partners will award $100,000 to pilot the programs.