Florida Senate - 2018                                     SB 852
       By Senator Brandes
       24-00747B-18                                           2018852__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Florida Smart City Challenge
    3         Grant Program; creating s. 316.0899, F.S.; creating
    4         the program within the Department of Transportation;
    5         providing program goals; providing grant eligibility
    6         requirements; requiring the department to issue a
    7         request for proposals by a specified date; providing
    8         proposal requirements; providing requirements for
    9         award of grants and use of grant funds; defining the
   10         term “matching funds”; providing reporting
   11         requirements; requiring administrative support by the
   12         department; providing an appropriation; providing an
   13         effective date.
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   17         Section 1. Section 316.0899, Florida Statutes, is created
   18  to read:
   19         316.0899Florida Smart City Challenge Grant Program.—
   20         (1)CREATION; GOALS.—The Florida Smart City Challenge Grant
   21  Program is created within the Department of Transportation. The
   22  goals of the grant program include, but are not limited to:
   23         (a)Providing opportunities to municipalities and other
   24  regions of the state to develop innovative smart mobility
   25  solutions to local transportation challenges.
   26         (b)Deploying smart city technology that has an immediate
   27  impact on the safe and efficient movement of people and goods
   28  within municipalities and other regions of the state.
   29         (c)Advancing autonomous, connected, and electric vehicle
   30  readiness and deployment throughout the state.
   31         (d)Providing enhanced education and workforce development
   32  opportunities by deploying emerging technologies that support
   33  the state’s future workforce.
   34         (e)Meeting the mobility needs of residents of this state,
   35  particularly transportation disadvantaged persons as defined in
   36  s. 427.011, by increasing access to and convenience of
   37  transportation within municipalities and other regions of the
   38  state.
   39         (f)Facilitating the efficient movement of freight within
   40  the state, especially in and around airports and seaports.
   41         (g)Supporting the reduction or elimination of fossil fuel
   42  consumption by relying on renewable energy sources and electric
   43  technologies.
   44         (h)Creating a smart mobility demonstration community in
   45  the state that serves as a model for municipalities and other
   46  regions nationwide.
   48         (a)The following entities may apply to the Department of
   49  Transportation for a grant to fund projects under the Florida
   50  Smart City Challenge Grant Program:
   51         1.A state, county, municipal, regional, or other agency
   52  that is responsible for the movement of persons, goods, or
   53  services within a defined geographical region, including an
   54  entity created pursuant to chapter 343, chapter 348, or chapter
   55  349.
   56         2.A metropolitan planning organization or transportation
   57  planning organization. Each entity responsible for deploying or
   58  operating the project on behalf of a metropolitan planning
   59  organization or transportation planning organization must submit
   60  a letter to the department detailing its commitment to the
   61  implementation, operation, and maintenance of the project.
   62         3.A state university.
   63         (b)An applicant for a Florida Smart City Challenge Grant
   64  must have in place a plan or framework for the implementation of
   65  the proposed project in at least one of the following
   66  categories:
   67         1.Autonomous vehicle deployment or demonstration.
   68         2.Connected vehicle technology deployment.
   69         3.Shared mobility services innovation and deployment.
   70         4.Acceleration of the use of plug-in electric vehicles and
   71  electric charging infrastructure.
   72         (3)PROPOSALS.—By September 1, 2018, the Department of
   73  Transportation shall issue a request for proposals for the award
   74  of a Florida Smart City Challenge Grant. Each proposal submitted
   75  to the department must include:
   76         (a)A statement by the applicant certifying that the
   77  project will be implemented and operational within 2 years after
   78  receipt of the grant.
   79         (b)A plan for fulfilling documentation requirements under
   80  the department’s Statewide Systems Engineering Management Plan
   81  within such 2-year period.
   82         (c)A description of how operation and maintenance costs
   83  for the project will be funded in order to ensure that the
   84  department’s investment in the project is sustained.
   85         (d)A plan for evaluation of the project and the methods by
   86  which such evaluation will be shared with residents of the area
   87  served by the project.
   88         (e)The procedure for integrating the project’s
   89  transportation-related data into the department’s Data
   90  Integration and Video Aggregation System.
   91         (4)AWARD OF GRANTS.—The Department of Transportation may
   92  award a Florida Smart City Challenge Grant to a maximum of three
   93  recipients. Each award may not exceed $6 million. The department
   94  shall distribute the award to each recipient by January 1, 2019.
   95         (a)The grant may fund up to 50 percent of project costs.
   96  Grant funds must be used exclusively for costs associated with
   97  implementation of the project and may not be used for costs
   98  associated with operation, maintenance, or evaluation of the
   99  project.
  100         (b)In selecting grant recipients, the department shall
  101  give priority to those proposals that demonstrate the
  102  availability of matching funds from partner organizations to
  103  fund the remaining 50 percent of project costs and that include
  104  a plan for documenting the acquisition and expenditure of such
  105  matching funds. For purposes of this paragraph, “matching funds”
  106  includes in-kind services, goods, equipment, or other noncash
  107  contributions calculated at fair market value.
  108         1.The department shall give further priority to those
  109  proposals that include matching funds from private-sector
  110  partner organizations; however, local public funds may also be
  111  used.
  112         2.Matching funds may be used for costs associated with
  113  operation, maintenance, and evaluation of the project.
  114         3.A grant recipient that receives matching funds must
  115  document the contribution of such funds in a quarterly report
  116  that details the manner in which the value of such contribution
  117  is calculated.
  119         (a)Each recipient of a Florida Smart City Challenge Grant
  120  must submit a quarterly report to the Department of
  121  Transportation regarding the development, implementation, and
  122  operation of the project. Such report must include information
  123  documented pursuant to subparagraph (4)(b)3.
  124         (b)The Department of Transportation must submit a
  125  quarterly report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker
  126  of the House of Representatives regarding the overall status of
  127  the grant program.
  128         (c)After implementation of the project is complete, each
  129  recipient must submit an initial report to the President of the
  130  Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives which
  131  details the project’s impact on the transportation system within
  132  the area served by the project, the extent to which the goals of
  133  the grant program have been met, and recommendations for project
  134  revisions or improvements to guide future deployment activities.
  135  A final report must be submitted 2 years after submission of the
  136  initial report.
  137         (6)ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT.—The Department of
  138  Transportation shall provide administrative support to the
  139  Florida Smart City Challenge Grant Program in order to
  140  facilitate the deployment of smart city technology within the
  141  state, including, but not limited to, expedited review of
  142  proposals submitted under subsection (3).
  143         Section 2. For the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the sum of $15
  144  million in nonrecurring funds is appropriated from the State
  145  Transportation Trust Fund to the Department of Transportation
  146  for the purpose of implementing this act.
  147         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.