Baton Rouge awarded IBM grant

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Posted: Mar 25, 2014 11:33 AM by Kris Kreutz
Updated: Mar 25, 2014 11:33 AM
Source: East Baton Rouge Parish

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Topics: baton rouge, ibm, grant, smarter cities challenge, transportation, consultant

BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge is one of four U.S. cities or counties to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant for 2014.

The grant program sends teams of IBM experts to provide consulting expertise for select cities and regions around the country and world.

An IBM team will visit Baton Rouge later this year and study the transportation system.

"This morning, IBM announced that a team of experts will work with us this year to develop data about our regional transportation demands, new growth models and an independent look at potential solutions," said Mayor-President Kip Holden. "This will help us use our resources most efficiently, working with some of the best minds in the world."

"As a Baton Rouge resident for the past 24 years, I am delighted to have my home town of Baton Rouge participate in this extraordinary program," said Jim Driesse, IBM's Senior State Executive for Louisiana. "It's a terrific opportunity for the City to collaborate holistically across multiple stake holder organizations to systematically address the transportation needs of the metropolitan area. I would like to personally congratulate the mayor and his staff for securing Baton Rouge's participation in IBM's Smarter City Challenge. "

Following are cities and regions that IBM is today announcing as winners of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants for 2014:

  • Abuja, Nigeria
  • Ballarat, Australia
  • Baton Rouge, United States
  • Birmingham, United States
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Dallas, United States
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Durban, South Africa
  • Jinan, China
  • Mombasa County, Kenya
  • Niigata, Japan
  • Perth, Australia
  • Suffolk County, United States
  • Tainan, Taiwan
  • Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Zapopan, Mexico

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