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IBM Selects Providence for Smarter Cities Award

Published on March 11, 2011

Providence has been selected by IBM as one of 24 cities worldwide to be a recipient of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, a competitive grant which will provide leaders in Providence and Rhode Island with analysis and recommendations to support economic development, better delivery of municipal services, more citizen engagement, and improved efficiency in the capital city.  The technology and services that Providence will receive from IBM under the Smarter Cities Challenge grant are equivalent to as much as $400,000.

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In awarding Providence with a Smarter Cities Challenge grant, IBM said the City demonstrated a solid track record of innovative problem solving. Providence created its winning proposal in collaboration with the Ocean State Consortium of Advanced Resources (OSCAR), a partnership of leading universities, government institutions, private companies, and social agencies aimed at tackling statewide problems in health care, education, economic development, and energy and the environment.

"I am extremely excited about this opportunity for Providence, and the role OSCAR played in helping the City win the IBM award," said Clyde Briant, vice president for research at Brown University, STAC co-chair and co-chair of OSCAR. "The work that OSCAR stakeholders have done together over the past two years has created a culture of trust that made OSCAR's talented, visionary partners available to the City. Because of our culture of collaboration, OSCAR was able to help the City move quickly and flexibly to pursue the IBM Challenge, enter the new economy and aspire to become a global city."

STAC was one of 40 organizations involved in OSCAR including: The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island, AS220, Brown University, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Helicos BioSciences, IBM Corp., Johnston & Wales University, Lifespan, OSHEAN, the Office of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, the Rhode Island Quality Institute, The Rhode Island Foundation, the Office of Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, Slater Technology Fund, Social Venture Partners Rhode Island, ThoughtCap, the University of Rhode Island, and Women & Infants Hospital.

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