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Jacksonville named by IBM as Smarter Cities Challenge grant recipient

Mayor Alvin Brown announced that IBM has selected Jacksonville to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant. The grant provides Jacksonville with access to IBM’s top experts to analyze and recommend ways the city can become an even better place in which to live and work.

The IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a competitive grant program in which IBM is awarding a total of $50 million worth of technology and services to 100 municipalities worldwide through 2013. Jacksonville is the first city in Florida to be selected.

Teams of specially selected IBM experts will provide city leaders with analysis and recommendations to support successful growth, better delivery of municipal services, more citizen engagement, and improved efficiency.

IBM selected cities that made the strongest case for participating in the Smarter Cities Challenge. During these engagements, IBM technical experts, researchers and consultants immerse themselves in local issues and offer a range of options and recommended next-steps. Among the issues they will examine are healthcare, education, safety, social services, transportation, sustainability, budget management and energy.

Mayor Brown and the City of Jacksonville look forward to working with a grant-funded IBM team on ways to develop a plan that will increase residential and commercial occupancy and community activities Downtown.

To find out more about IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants, please visit http://smartercitieschallenge.org/ and http://www.youtube.com/user/citizenIBM.


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