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. 14 15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 16 17 Section 1. Section 316.0899, Florida Statutes, is created 18 to read: 19 316.0899 Florida 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. 47 (2) ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.— 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. 118 (5) REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.— 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.