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Mayor Brown Welcomes IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Team To Buffalo
Contact: Lorey Schultz
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.
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:
The three week visit includes the following activities:
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.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios