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Latta Discusses Smart Cities at Impact Ohio Conference in Toledo

Bowling Green, OH, September 15, 2017 | Drew Griffin (202-225-6405)
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) participated in a panel discussion on Smart Cities at the 2017 Impact Ohio Toledo Conference this morning at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Toledo. Latta shared his perspective as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection on technology like autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things, and other emerging innovation. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed his landmark legislation, the SELF DRIVE Act, which is the first bill to pass either body of Congress addressing self-driving cars. Joining Latta on the panel were Chairman of IEEE Smart City Technology and Planning Standards Committee and CEO of Venture Smarter, Zack Huhn, Ohio House Finance Committee Chairman Rep. Ryan Smith, and AT&T’s Digital Infrastructure Specialist for the Internet of Things Jamie Sullivan. 
“Emerging technology and innovation like Smart Cities, the Internet of Things, and self-driving cars has the potential to be an economic driver in the region for years to come,” said Latta. “Events like the Impact Ohio Toledo Conference foster important discussions that bring the perspective of policymakers, industry representatives, and civic leaders to the table in order to develop strategies, identify obstacles, and share information. Today’s panel was timely as the House just passed the SELF DRIVE Act last week, and I was able to share how this legislation could benefit Ohio in the future.”

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