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Mayor Parker to Launch Houston’s IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Project

IBM Team Will Guide City Leaders to Map Out
GIS-Assisted Online Access to Comprehensive Services for Residents

Houston Mayor Annise Parker
Katye Tipton, Department of Neighborhoods Director
Beth Tracy, IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager
Mark Cueva, Mayor’s Office of Education Initiatives Manager

City of Houston IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Kick-Off
Official Welcoming of IBM Team of Experts & Reception

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

City Hall Rotunda – 1st Floor
901 Bagby Street
Houston, TX 77002

Houston Mayor Annise Parker will launch the City of Houston’s IBM Smarter Cities Challenge project, funded under an IBM grant awarded to the Department of Neighborhoods. The grant is part of IBM’s three-year philanthropic initiative, which provides the company’s top talent and expertise to cities and counties to address key challenges. The City of Houston is one of 100 municipalities selected worldwide to receive this grant. The approximate value of the grant is $400,000.

The City’s IBM Smarter Cities Challenge project will take place over a three-week period, August 6-24, during which a five-member team of IBM experts will devise a plan for streamlining online access to services, resources and information for Houstonians. The core objectives of the project are to define how the City can more effectively partner with key community organizations to share information and create a comprehensive online resource and how the information can be made readily accessible through GIS features that residents will find easy to use.

For more information about the Department of Neighborhoods, call 832-393-0832 or visit


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