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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2013 Archives > May 2013 > Mayor Brown Welcomes IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Team To Buffalo

Mayor Brown Welcomes IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Team To Buffalo

Contact: Lorey Schultz
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Senior Global Team of IBM Executives to analyze and recommend ways for City of Buffalo to identify strategies for utilizing data to develop, enhance and facilitate employment opportunities for young people

May 7, 2013 – Mayor Byron Brown, joined by City officials and community stakeholders, today welcomed a senior global team of IBM executives to Buffalo as they kicked off a three-week, pro bono consulting visit, funded by an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant.

“I am delighted to welcome this impressive team of IBM employees to Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown during this morning’s news conference at historic Buffalo City Hall.   “IBM recognizes the remarkable progress and transformation that’s underway in Buffalo, where more than $1.7 billion in economic development activity is currently in the works.  The Smarter Cities Challenge Grant will significantly assist our ability to build on the progress, finding new ways to use technology to create and further expand youth employment opportunities in our city, resulting in a smarter, stronger Buffalo.”

The five member team of experts will work with the City of Buffalo and other stakeholders to craft new strategies for utilizing data to develop, enhance and facilitate employment opportunities for young adults in Buffalo. IBM Smarter Cities

Launched in 2011, the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a three-year, 100-city, $50 million competitive grant program. The program, which is IBM's single-largest philanthropic initiative, assigns a team of top IBM experts to each winning city to study a key issue identified by the City's leadership.

Buffalo was one of thirty cities world-wide to be awarded a 2013 IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant, valued at $400,000.  Over the next three weeks in Buffalo, IBM technical experts, researchers and consultants will immerse themselves in local issues related to youth employment and offer a range of options and recommended next-steps including:

  • More effective data analysis for public policy-makers
  • Provision of critical data to potential employers
  • Opening data for private citizen access

The three week visit includes the following activities:

  • Week One – the global team will tour Buffalo and interview key City officials and community stakeholders.
  • Week Two – the team will consider and discuss the information its members have gathered and will conduct follow-up interviews with original and additional stakeholders as needed.
  • Week Three – the team will solidify its findings and report out to the community at a culminating event on Thursday, May 23, 2013.
  • Post-Engagement – the team will prepare a detailed, written report with recommendations for how Buffalo might efficiently and effectively utilize data to develop, enhance and facilitate employment opportunities for young adults in Buffalo.

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 and http://www.youtube.com/user/citizenIBM