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Reno is "The Smartest Little City in the World"

By December 15, 2012

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It's not an idle boast. It was recently announced that Reno has been chosen as one of only 100 cities worldwide to participate in the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Program.

Reno Arch in downtown Reno, Nevada, NV The Reno Arch.
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As a recipient of the program, the City of Reno will receive assistance to create sophisticated analytics software which will provide citizens, government employees, elected officials, and developers complete access to a wide variety of information on properties within the city. According to Mike Kazmierski, president and CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN), "This is extremely important in helping improve our image nationally as a community. It shows that we're a lot more tech-based than people realize and that we have an up-and-coming economy."

As a recipient of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Program for 2013, Reno will receive a grant of $400,000 and technical assistance from IBM to create and implement the analytics tool proposed in the grant application. Reno joins some big company is being so recognized. Other recipients include Chicago, IL, Edmonton, Alberta Canada, Glasgow, Scotland, Philadelphia, PA, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Honolulu, HI, to name a few.

IBM global general manager Katherine Holland made the presentation before the Reno City Council. In her remarks, she said, "Reno differentiated itself with its collective approach. I'm glad to see the state getting recognized. It's a gem that's often overlooked. I think Reno - Tahoe in particular is an undiscovered treasure."

You can follow the progress of the program in Reno on a web page set up by the city government - "Welcome to the Smartest Little City in the World!"

Sources: City of Reno press release, Reno Gazette-Journal.

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