Fresno Welcomes IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Team

Apr 23, 2013 No Comments by

FRESNO – A six-member global IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Team began its three-week stay in Fresno this morning, with the goal of putting an implementation plan in place to spur economic development in the Fresno area.

The team will be looking at the work done so far by the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) team and build upon what it has done in the city in its year-and-a-half stay here.

“The work of IBM over the next three weeks is focused on being a springboard to a lot of things that have been put into place by SC2,” said Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin during a welcoming ceremony at City Hall this morning.

The IBM team will be putting an implementation plan into place to accelerate the deployment of ultra-high-speed broadband Internet, potentially wireless, in the downtown region, as well as Internet connectivity to agribusinesses outside the Fresno city limits.

They will also be looking at neighborhood revitalization, and the technology involved in that.

Glenda Humiston, the state director of California Rural Development with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said a focus would be developing an agriculture technology cluster in the area, which will join industry clusters of other types in California.  Two anticipated events are an agriculture technology showcase in Fresno on August 13, as well as the USDA’s Datapalooza event this fall, where the organization will be sharing much of its enormous amount of information with Fresnans.

Scott Stollman with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the SC2 Fresno team lead, said the SC2’s accomplishments thus far in Fresno couldn’t have happened without having a physical presence here.

“We can’t effectively partner with the City if we’re not here, if we don’t have people that are knowledgeable about what’s happening on the ground,” he said.

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James Olinger is a native of the San Joaquin Valley. He graduated from West Hills College in Coalinga, California in 2000 with an associate's degree in liberal arts. He joined Business Street in 2004 as a staff writer, and became the associate editor in 2007. He maintains that position today, writing for Business Street Online in a variety of topics.
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