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City of Surrey Joins Forces with IBM

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May 25, 2012

Surrey – A team of IBM experts have arrived in Surrey for a three-week research project focussing on community health, youth and early childhood development. As part of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, the team will analyze and offer recommendations on how Surrey can improve growth strategies, service delivery, community engagement, and efficiencies.

“IBM is providing the City of Surrey with its best talent and expertise to help our community develop more effective programs to help our young people. I look forward to working with IBM to figure out how we can use technology in new and innovative ways to improve services and efficiencies,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. She adds the City of Surrey is one of only two Canadian cities to win the $400,000 grant from the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge program.

The IBM team is comprised of 7 senior leaders from around the globe, who will engage over 50 community stakeholders and service providers to asses current programs and initiatives. The team will research, analyze data and produce a preliminary report in June outlining their findings, which will include detailed recommendations on how to improve services and outcomes for Surrey’s children and youth.

The IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a three-year competitive grant program in which IBM is awarding a total of $50 million worth of technology and services to 100 municipalities worldwide through 2013.

IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Kick-Off Reception:

Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Time: 1:30pm – 3pm
(2pm Welcome Addresses)

Location: Cloverdale Recreation Centre
6188 – 176th street
Surrey, BC

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
604.375.4584