Two busy months have flown by since the Burlington Smarter Cities team wrapped up our final presentation and said our heart-felt “thanks” and “good-byes” with our clients at the City of Burlington, and among ourselves.
What a journey it was! Reflecting back, it’s truly a rare experience when a team comes together so quickly around a common goal, and gives its all so readily and passionately to achieve the best possible outcome.
The results were a powerful manifestation of what a group of motivated high-performing individuals could achieve in partnership with a vested client. Great collaboration by SCC Burlington team and all who contributed to the final report entitled “IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge Burlington Report.” Our detailed recommendations were submitted April 20 and we were glad to see the polished (ready to submit to the City and publish) report by the end of May.
The final presentation and report highlight the team’s recommendations focusing on harnessing the local talent pool and the abundance of renewable resources to enable Burlington to achieve its GHG emission reduction goals. The overarching recommendation – to establish Burlington as a leading “green tech city” – ensures alignment of all initiatives, energizes the community, retains talent and inspires the development of new technologies and businesses. The result is a strengthened economy, new ways to attract tourists through demonstrations of green technology and a more attractive city. The ultimate outcome is for Burlington to become an integrated, data aware, thriving city that is recognized as a leader in green technologies.
Read the team’s executive presentation and the full report at http://www.burlingtonvt.gov/Mayor/Burlington-IBM-Smarter-Cities-Challenge/.
Read more from some of the closing session (April 18, 2013) press coverage:
CCTV Burlington Channel 17 – Burlington Mayor’s Press Conference: Closing Presentation by IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Global Team (04/18/2013) @ http://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/closing-presentation-ibm-smarter-cities-challenge-global-team
Mayor Miro Weinberger and IBM officials provide a closing presentation of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge engagement. Hear the IBM global team’s recommendations on how Burlington can become an even better, greener place in which to live and work through increased reliance on and use of sustainable, renewable energy sources.
Burlington Free Press: IBM analysts offer recipe to make Burlington a ‘smarter city’ @ http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20130418/BUSINESS/304180041/IBM-analysts-offer-recipe-make-Burlington-smarter-city-
IBM Advises City: “Make Burlington Synonymous With Green Tech” @ http://7d.blogs.com/offmessage/2013/04/ibm-tells-city-make-burlington-synonymous-with-green-tech.html
Fox 44 TV: IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Team Leaves Burlington, VT Thursday @ http://www.fox44abc22yourvoice.com/story/22022658/ibm-smarter-cities-challenge-team-leaves-burlington-vt-thursday
WCAX TV Burlington: IBM’s “Smarter Cities Challenge” comes to Burlington @ http://www.wcax.com/story/22020344/ibms-smarter-cities