Syracuse is one of 24 cities worldwide to win a Smarter Cities Challenge grant worth up to $400,000 from technology giant IBM, the company will announce today.
The prize: As many as 10 experts from IBM will spend three weeks in Syracuse later this year working on a project chosen by city officials, to develop a software-based planning tool to combat the problem of vacant properties.
More than 200 cities applied for grants in the first annual round of a three-year, $50 million program that IBM says will ultimately help 100 cities. Syracuse is one of just eight U.S. cities chosen, and the only one from New York. International winners include Bucharest, Delhi, Glasgow, Helsinki, Jakarta and Rio de Janeiro. “Syracuse is in very good company here,” said Ari Fishkind, speaking for IBM.
Mayor Stephanie Miner said the IBM team, expected to arrive sometime next fall, will work mainly with tech-savvy city employees from planning, codes and neighborhood development.