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Geraldton named by IBM as Smarter Cities Challenge grant recipient for 2012


Geraldton, Australia - 19 Mar 2012: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the City of Greater Geraldton in Western Australia has been selected to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant for 2012. The grant provides the City of Greater Geraldton with access to IBM's top experts to analyse and recommend ways Geraldton can become an even better place in which to live and work. 

Geraldton’s submission highlighted the city’s desire to capitalise on recent technology infrastructure investments within the region, including the National Broadband Network and provide improved citizen services and data sharing between agencies.

During these engagements, IBM technical experts, researchers and consultants immerse themselves in local issues and offer a range of options and recommended next-steps. A team of up to six experts will spend three weeks living in Geraldton to assess the local environment and its challenges and gather information from the Council, local businesses and citizens before providing a series of recommendations.

“The Smarter Cities Challenge grant offers Geraldton a unique opportunity to put itself at the forefront of urban planning and development for the future,” said City of Greater Geraldton Mayor, Mr Ian Carpenter. “We’re seeing a convergence of factors which set the stage for rapid advances in the efficiency and scope of citizen services,” he said. “IBM’s Smarter Cities grant comes at a pivotal time in Geraldton’s development as we seek to improve the living quality of all our citizens.”

The recognition comes on top of an active year of major outcomes for Greater Geraldton including:

 “Geraldton is getting a strong reputation for punching above its weight and delivering great outcomes,” concluded Mayor Carpenter.

 "Geraldton has demonstrated a desire to set an example for other municipalities and an eagerness to collaborate with multiple stakeholders," said Miranda Scarff, Manager, Corporate Citizenship and Affairs, IBM Australia. "We believe that once implemented, Geraldton’s roadmap will act as a strong example to other cities both in Australia and internationally of how urban spaces can incorporate technology and data to deliver tangible benefits to their citizens.”

The IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a competitive grant program in which IBM is awarding a total of $50 million worth of technology and services to 100 municipalities worldwide through 2013.Geraldton is one of 33 cities worldwide to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge in 2012 and it is the second Australian city to receive the grant, with Townsville named a winner in 2011. 

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

To find out more about IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants, please visit http://smartercitieschallenge.org/ and http://www.youtube.com/user/citizenIBM

Contact(s) information

Katie Burford
IBM External Relations
61-450-333-600
kburford@au1.ibm.com

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