Florida Senate - 2018 CS for SB 852 By the Committee on Transportation; and Senators Brandes and Taddeo 596-02191-18 2018852c1 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.; defining 4 the terms “grid-integrated vehicle” and “matching 5 funds”; creating the program within the Department of 6 Transportation; providing program goals; providing 7 grant eligibility requirements; requiring the 8 department to issue a request for proposals by a 9 specified date; providing proposal requirements; 10 providing requirements for the award of grants and the 11 use of grant funds; providing reporting requirements; 12 requiring administrative support by the department; 13 authorizing the department to select an independent 14 nongovernmental entity to assist in project 15 construction, management, and evaluation for specified 16 purposes; providing requirements for the 17 nongovernmental entity; providing an appropriation; 18 providing an effective date. 19 20 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 21 22 Section 1. Section 316.0899, Florida Statutes, is created 23 to read: 24 316.0899 Florida Smart City Challenge Grant Program.— 25 (1) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term: 26 (a) “Grid-integrated vehicle” means a motor vehicle that 27 has the ability for two-way power flow between the vehicle and 28 the electric grid and the communications hardware and software 29 that allow for external control of battery charging and 30 discharging. 31 (b) “Matching funds” includes in-kind services, goods, 32 equipment, or other noncash contributions calculated at fair 33 market value. 34 (2) CREATION; GOALS.—The Florida Smart City Challenge Grant 35 Program is created within the Department of Transportation. The 36 goals of the grant program include, but are not limited to: 37 (a) Providing opportunities to municipalities and other 38 regions of the state to develop innovative smart mobility 39 solutions to local transportation challenges. 40 (b) Deploying smart city technology that has an immediate 41 impact on the safe and efficient movement of people and goods 42 within municipalities and other regions of the state. 43 (c) Advancing autonomous, connected, grid-integrated, and 44 electric vehicle readiness and deployment throughout the state. 45 (d) Providing enhanced education and workforce development 46 opportunities by deploying emerging technologies that support 47 the state’s future workforce. 48 (e) Meeting the mobility needs of residents of this state, 49 particularly transportation disadvantaged persons as defined in 50 s. 427.011, by increasing access to and convenience of 51 transportation within municipalities and other regions of the 52 state. 53 (f) Facilitating the efficient movement of freight within 54 the state, especially in and around airports and seaports. 55 (g) Supporting the reduction or elimination of fossil fuel 56 consumption by relying on renewable energy sources and electric 57 technologies. 58 (h) Creating a smart mobility demonstration community in 59 the state that serves as a model for municipalities and other 60 regions nationwide. 61 (3) ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.— 62 (a) The following entities may apply to the Department of 63 Transportation for a grant to fund projects under the Florida 64 Smart City Challenge Grant Program: 65 1. A state, county, municipal, regional, or other agency 66 that is responsible for the movement of persons, goods, or 67 services within a defined geographical region, including an 68 entity created pursuant to chapter 343, chapter 348, or chapter 69 349. 70 2. A metropolitan planning organization or transportation 71 planning organization. Each entity responsible for deploying or 72 operating the project on behalf of a metropolitan planning 73 organization or transportation planning organization must submit 74 a letter to the department detailing its commitment to the 75 implementation, operation, and maintenance of the project. 76 3. A state university. 77 (b) An applicant for a Florida Smart City Challenge Grant 78 must have in place a plan or framework for the implementation of 79 the proposed project in at least one of the following 80 categories: 81 1. Autonomous vehicle deployment or demonstration. 82 2. Connected vehicle technology deployment. 83 3. Shared mobility services innovation and deployment. 84 4. Acceleration of the use of plug-in electric vehicles and 85 electric charging infrastructure, including deployment of grid 86 integrated vehicles. 87 (4) PROPOSALS.—By September 1, 2018, the Department of 88 Transportation shall issue a request for proposals for the award 89 of a Florida Smart City Challenge Grant. Each proposal submitted 90 to the department must include: 91 (a) A statement by the applicant certifying that the 92 project will be implemented and operational within 2 years after 93 receipt of the grant. 94 (b) A plan for fulfilling documentation requirements under 95 the department’s Statewide Systems Engineering Management Plan 96 within such 2-year period. 97 (c) A description of how operation and maintenance costs 98 for the project will be funded in order to ensure that the 99 department’s investment in the project is sustained. 100 (d) A plan for evaluation of the project and the methods by 101 which such evaluation will be shared with residents of the area 102 served by the project. 103 (e) The procedure for integrating the project’s 104 transportation-related data into the department’s Data 105 Integration and Video Aggregation System. 106 (5) AWARD OF GRANTS.—The Department of Transportation shall 107 award a Florida Smart City Challenge Grant to at least three 108 recipients. Each award may not exceed $6 million. The department 109 shall distribute the award to each recipient by January 1, 2019. 110 (a) The grant may fund up to 50 percent of project costs. 111 At least 10 percent of project costs must be funded by the grant 112 recipient. Grant funds must be used exclusively for startup 113 costs, including, but not limited to, acquisition of hardware, 114 software, and assets associated with implementation of the 115 project, and may not be used for costs associated with operation 116 or maintenance of the project. 117 (b) In selecting grant recipients, the department shall 118 give priority to those proposals that demonstrate the 119 availability of matching funds from partner organizations to 120 fund project costs and that include a plan for documenting the 121 acquisition and expenditure of such matching funds. 122 1. The department shall give further priority to those 123 proposals that include matching funds from private-sector 124 partner organizations; however, local public funds may also be 125 used. 126 2. Matching funds may be used for costs associated with 127 operation, maintenance, and evaluation of the project. 128 3. A grant recipient that receives matching funds must 129 document the contribution of such funds in a quarterly report 130 that details the manner in which the value of such contribution 131 is calculated. 132 (6) REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.— 133 (a) Each recipient of a Florida Smart City Challenge Grant 134 shall submit a quarterly report to the Department of 135 Transportation regarding the development, implementation, and 136 operation of the project. Such report must include information 137 documented pursuant to subparagraph (5)(b)3. 138 (b) The Department of Transportation must submit a 139 quarterly report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker 140 of the House of Representatives regarding the overall status of 141 the grant program. 142 (c) After implementation of the project is complete, each 143 recipient must submit an initial report to the Governor, the 144 President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of 145 Representatives which details the project’s impact on the 146 transportation system within the area served by the project, the 147 extent to which the goals of the grant program have been met, 148 and recommendations for project revisions or improvements to 149 guide future deployment activities. A final report must be 150 submitted 2 years after submission of the initial report. 151 (7) ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT.—The Department of 152 Transportation shall provide administrative support to the 153 Florida Smart City Challenge Grant Program in order to 154 facilitate the deployment of smart city technology within the 155 state, including, but not limited to, expedited review of 156 proposals submitted under subsection (4). The department may 157 select an independent nongovernmental entity to assist in 158 project construction, management, and evaluation; to oversee the 159 implementation of the project; and to analyze and document 160 lessons learned during, and benefits derived from, 161 implementation of the project. The nongovernmental entity must 162 have experience with the national Smart Cities Initiative, 163 advanced transportation deployment experience in this state, 164 extensive engineering experience, or expertise in stakeholder 165 engagement of potential partners to create a demonstration 166 community as described in paragraph (2)(h). 167 Section 2. For the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the sum of $15 168 million in nonrecurring funds is appropriated from the State 169 Transportation Trust Fund to the Department of Transportation 170 for the purpose of implementing this act. 171 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.