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Smart Cities - Georgia Smart Communities Challenge

The Georgia Smart Communities Challenge program pairs Georgia Tech problem solvers with local leaders to identify projects that positively impact Georgians. Learn about solutions implemented in Columbus, Macon, Milton, and Woodstock, and discover the new cohort of cities for 2021.

Learn about the 2020-2021 Ga Smart Communities
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Georgia Tech has been committed to progress and service in our state since 1885. Our community of innovation connects education, research, industry, and government to create opportunity for all Georgians.

Driving Growth

$3.35B
State Impact

The Institute is a major economic driver and a champion of economic opportunity in our state.

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Inclusive Education

136
of 159 counties

in Georgia are represented within our student population.

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Education

Tech invests knowledge and resources to enhance learning and foster success — for students and for the citizens of Georgia — improving the quality of life for all in our state. 

Economic Impact

As an engine of Progress and Service for more than 135 years, Georgia Tech builds partnerships, creates jobs, and develops skills for the 21st-century economy.

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Innovation

Georgia Tech supports talented faculty, students, and researchers across disciplines to help solve the most pressing problems facing Georgia and the world today.

Latest Stories

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Economic Impact
Innovation
Coastal Plain (Savannah)
The Rising Tides - Savannah Smart Sea Level Sensors

Georgia Tech researchers are working with Chatham County and City of Savannah partners to tackle the problem of coastal flooding.

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Smart Cities
Economic Impact
Innovation
Statewide
New Georgia Smart Communities Challenge Winners Empower Development Throughout the State

Georgia Tech’s Georgia Smart Communities Challenge (Georgia Smart) empowers local governments to think outside of the box and use innovation to improve their communities. The program pairs Georgia Tech problem solvers with local leaders to identify projects that positively impact Georgians.

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Education
Statewide
New Process Allows Georgia Students to Receive Earlier Admission Decision

Georgia high school seniors can now apply to Georgia Tech for admission in Early Action and receive their admission decision in December. Giving Georgia students the ability to apply earlier allows the admission team to prioritize their review of in-state applications.

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Economic Impact
South Georgia (Valdosta)
Georgia Tech EDA University Center Study Leads to Federal Grant for Valdosta Business Incubator

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced a $2.5 million grant to the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce following a four-month analysis conducted by the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center in 2015 and 2016.

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Education
Statewide
Georgia Tech Guarantees Admission to Georgia’s Valedictorians, Salutatorians

The Georgia Institute of Technology offers automatic acceptance to Georgia high school valedictorians and salutatorians under a program that launched in 2017.

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Agriculture
Innovation
Statewide
Tech Engineers create innovations for the state’s $2.2 billion peanut industry

Tech alumni and students have contributed to innovation that increases yield, streamlines the production process, and improves the bottom line.