KNOXVILLE, Tenn (Reprinted)- Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero announced Wednesday that IBM has selected Knoxville to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant.
The grant provides Knoxville with access in 2013 to some of IBM's top experts to analyze and recommend ways to connect residential emergency utility bills to weatherization and energy education services.
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 six top IBM experts to each winning city to study a key issue identified by the city's leadership.
“We are thrilled to be selected for this competitive program,” Mayor Rogero said. “It will be invaluable to have the expertise and outside perspective of IBM’s team as we work to make Knoxville a more sustainable city for everyone.”
For year three of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, cities around the world once again competed vigorously to benefit from IBM's talent. The winning cities proposed innovative projects and areas of focus for IBM experts. These included strategies that address economic and workforce development, social services, sustainability and planning. (For a complete list of this year’s winners, see http://citizenibm.com/.)
"Congratulations to Knoxville for earning an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant in 2013. Knoxville distinguished itself among itself peers by convincingly demonstrating its preparation and willingness to make the kind of improvements that will improve its residents' quality of life and become a smarter city," said Stanley S. Litow, IBM vice president of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, and president of IBM's Foundation. "We consider it a privilege to share with Knoxville the talent and expertise of our most gifted employees, who are the envy of the industry. They have premier skills in a range of disciplines -- all useful for helping to build smarter cities and a smarter planet."