GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids is one of three cities nationally to be selected for a pilot program from Ford Motor Co. aimed at addressing the transportation needs of today and in the future.

In selecting Grand Rapids along with Miami and Pittsburgh, the Dearborn-based automotive company hopes to engage residents and the business community in determining the barriers people face with transportation and determine how new technology can address that, according to Aniela Kuzon, Ford’s global lead for the City of Tomorrow Challenge.

“(W)hat we think is really important is to partner with cities in order to understand what are the real issues that they’re facing,” Kuzon told MiBiz. “As we bring our own solutions to bear — and also partner with others to make people’s lives better — (we want to ensure) they’re really grounded in the needs and experiences of people. That’s the goal.”

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