Now in its second year, the challenge will provide thirty-three cities with technology and the help of IBM experts in support of projects that advance economic growth, better and more efficient delivery of municipal services, and increased citizen engagement. Winning cities also will be provided training on the use of City Forward, a free online platform created in partnership with public policy experts that makes it easier for elected officials, urban planners, and the public to view and interact with city data.
Projects proposed by the winning cities cover a range of areas, including economic and workforce development, transportation, sustainability, health, education, and urban planning.
"The cities that have been selected are all different, but they have one clear similarity: the strong personal commitment by the city's leadership to put in place the changes needed to help the city make smarter decisions," said Stanley S. Litow, vice president of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs at IBM and president of IBM's foundation. "These cities demonstrated a desire to set an example for other municipalities, an eagerness to collaborate with multiple stakeholders, and a strong commitment to consider implementing recommendations the city felt would be the most feasible and beneficial to their residents."
For a complete list of the cities that will receive grants, visit the Smarter Cities Challenge Web site.