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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 05/02/12
Mayor Kasim Reed Welcomes IBM Smarter Cities Team to Atlanta
IBM executives to assist Invest Atlanta with economic development goals
Mayor Reed and Invest Atlanta officials welcomed a senior team of IBM executives to Atlanta today as they kicked off a three-week visit as part of IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge grant.
“I am delighted to welcome this impressive team of IBM employees to Atlanta,” said Mayor Reed. “IBM has acknowledged what we have all known for a long time: Atlanta is the economic engine for the Southeast. The Smarter Cities Challenge Grant will significantly assist our ability to recruit new businesses, create jobs and remain globally competitive.”
The five-member team of experts will support Invest Atlanta as they begin to craft a new economic development strategy for the city with a specific focus on job creation and global competitiveness. Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development agency, applied on behalf of the City of Atlanta and was awarded the grant in March.
"We’re particularly proud IBM has recognized that Atlanta is one of the country's knowledge capitals and wants to help us fortify our position with this grant," said Brian P. McGowan, president and CEO of Invest Atlanta. "Having the IBM group on the ground at Invest Atlanta will be especially beneficial as we ramp up Atlanta’s economic development efforts."
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. The approximate value of each Smarter Cities Challenge grant is about $400,000.
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 examine are healthcare, education, safety, social services, transportation, sustainability, budget management and energy.
Atlanta is one of 33 cities across the globe to receive the Smarter Cities Challenge grant which finishes on May 18.
The Smarter Cities Challenge is sponsored by IBM's Corporate Citizenship program and IBM’s International Foundation. IBM has been a leader in corporate social responsibility and citizenship for 100 years. To learn more about IBM's corporate citizenship initiatives, please visit: www.citizenibm.com.
To find out more about IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants, please visit http://smartercitieschallenge.org
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