St. Louis Wins IBM Smarter Cities Grant

St. Louis one of 24 cities worldwide to receive IBM Smarter Cities Grant

March 17, 2011 | 2 min reading time

This article is 11 years old. It was published on March 17, 2011.

Mayor Slay is proud to announce that the City of St. Louis is one of 24 cities worldwide to receive an IBM Smarter City Challenge Grant. This grant will provide the city with access to IBM’s top experts to analyze and recommend ways St. Louis can become an even better place in which to live, work, and play.

In late 2010, St. Louis was one hundreds of cities to apply for an IBM Smarter Cities Grant. St. Louis’ application suggested that IBM devote their resources to one of four topics: sustainability, information technology, education, and public safety. IBM decided to devote its resources to examining and improving public safety. For the next three weeks, teams of specially selected IBM experts will work toward providing City leaders with recommendations to support improved efficiency and effectiveness in law enforcement and public safety.

“It’s a great thing that St. Louis is one of 24 cities worldwide to receive this grant,” said Mayor Slay. “We will utilize the IBM brainpower on a very important topic – public safety. I look forward to receiving their recommendations on how to make our law enforcement process more streamlined, efficient, and effective.”

“We selected St. Louis because of its commitment to the use of data to make better decisions and for its desire to explore and act on smarter solutions to their most pressing concerns,” said Jennifer Crozier, Director, IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs. “The Cities we picked are eager to implement programs that tangibly improve the quality of life in their areas, and to create roadmaps for other cities to follow. The stakes have never been greater but we’re excited at the prospect of helping cities tackle the most pressing challenges of our time.”

The approximate value of each Smarter Cities Challenge grant is equivalent to as much as $400,000.


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