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Applications Wanted: Smarter Cities Challenge

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Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:36:29 -0500

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Subj: Applications Wanted: Smarter Cities Challenge

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Dear Sister Cities International member,

Apply for your city to receive a team of IBM experts to work on your
proposed Smarter Cities Challenge!

We were recently contacted by representatives of IBM’s International
Foundation regarding their program called the Smarter Cities Challenge, and
asked that we offer this opportunity to our members. I'm pleased to share
that the IBM Foundation will be accepting applications from city and regional
governments and qualified organizations around the world for the 2015
cycle of the _Smarter Cities Challenge_
(http://sister-cities.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1c837221eacb97a08e1abd683&id=496be39d22&e=0d8e05628b) .

IBM welcomes joint submissions from sister cities as well as regional
collaborations to address an issue that is a shared priority. Previous
Smarter Cities Challenge winners are eligible to receive a second grant if
they've demonstrated substantive progress in implementing the recommendations
from their first grant.

The Smarter Cities Challenge contributes the skills and expertise of
teams of top-talent IBMers to address key challenges facing cities around the
world. Winning cities receive an team of five to six IBM experts that
deploys to the winning city to work closely with the city leadership for a
three week period on their proposed challenge, a value of $500,000.

Over the past four years, IBM has contributed over 115,000 hours of
problem solving and pro-bono service through the program and helped to make a
lasting impact in 115 cities around the world. The Smarter Cities Challenge
is IBM’s largest philanthropic initiative, with contributions to date
valued at over $50 million.

Winning cities have used the recommendations prepared by Smarter Cities
Challenge teams to make substantive progress on a diverse array of urban
issues. Here are a few examples:
    * Glasgow, United Kingdom announced a new one million pound fuel
subsidy to provide affordable warmth to low-income elderly citizens. The city
 also won a $40 million grant from the Technology Strategy Board.
    * Jacksonville, Florida unveiled JaxScore, a public-facing
dashboard that provides information on the city's performance and progress on its
top economic development priorities, including building permits issued,
jobs created, veterans served, and more.
    * Johannesburg, South Africa has implemented a comprehensive
technology solution to address crime, public safety and emergency management.
    * Nanjing, China implemented a multi-platform social media strategy
that engaged over 2 million people for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
    * Porto Alegre, Brazil created Digital PoA, a program supporting
the city's new policy of open data and which facilitates two-way dialogue
among citizens, city officials, collectives and local organizations.
    * Syracuse, New York announced that the first year of its land bank
program, which used IBM insights to identify homes to revitalize, had
secured a 69% increase in collection of delinquent property taxes and fees
compared to the previous year.
(http://sister-cities.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=1c837221eacb97a08e1abd683&id=6d79843b10&e=0d8e05628b) to download the
application. Applications can be submitted at _www.smartercitieschallenge.org_
id=6ceff247bc&e=0d8e05628b) from January 12 - February 6, 2015.

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Happy New Year and Good Luck!

Mary D. Kane
President and CEO
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