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Reno Receives Economic Boost From IBM

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So many cities are struggling financially, so IBM launched the Smarter Cities Challenge last year in hopes of helping out.

The goal is to award 100 cities about $400,000 worth of technical assistance to help boost economic development. As we reported in November, Reno is one of those cities.

Maureen McKissick is in the Strategic Development of Administration for the City of Reno. She said it's a huge honor to be selected to receive some input and money, which will hopefully help them solve some tough questions

"We all have limited resources and we're all down staff, so with those constraints, how do you operate in a better, more efficient, more responsive manner?"

She asked the question and the IBM team is here to answer it.

So here's how it works: the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Team of experts will be on the ground here in Reno for three weeks.

The team is made up of experts in business from all around the world.

While they are here, they will collect data that will help our city leaders on economic strategies that will hopefully Reno a smarter, more efficient city.

We wanted to know, what do they mean by smarter city.

"A smarter city is one that doesn't just make decisions based on what they feel or what they think. It's a city that actually uses quantitative data in order to make qualitative decisions," said Lori Feller of IBM Global Services.

Feller said the IBM team will present recommendations for the city March 1.  

Some time this spring, a final, written report will be sent to city hall.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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