Albany to look at housing issues as part of new Georgia Tech initiative

Albany was announced Tuesday as one of four communities chosen for Georgia Tech's inaugural Georgia Smart Communities Challenge. / Mary Green

The City of Albany is now part of a new initiative that will try to tackle some of Georgia's biggest problems.

Albany was announced Tuesday as one of four communities chosen for Georgia Tech's inaugural Georgia Smart Communities Challenge.

The city will be paired up with a Georgia Tech researcher for a project focused on housing data.

They will try to bridge the gap between the data that is available and a comprehensive housing database, according to a press release.

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard said this isn't just a big deal for her city but for all of South Georgia.

"It's also going to mean that people in surrounding counties will be able to share this information with us, and whatever we find out, we'll be able to benefit from it," she said.

The projects will start in September and wrap up in September of 2019.

Georgia Tech said 17 communities from across the state applied for this initiative. The other communities chosen are Chatham County, Chamblee and Gwinnett County.

Each research team will receive $50,000 in grants, while each selected community will contribute an additional $50,000.

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