This Week at City Hall - IBM Recommendations Provide Solid Roadmap
Mayor Swearengin: IBM Recommendations Provide Solid Roadmap
The City of Fresno was one of 34 cities worldwide selected to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant in 2013, as part of IBM’s citizenship efforts to build a Smarter Planet.
During three weeks in April and May, a team of six IBM experts worked to deliver recommendations on key challenges identified by Mayor Ashley Swearengin and her senior leadership team, namely, 1) revitalization of the Downtown Fulton Mall area; 2) leveraging broadband to expand economic growth and 3) better use of data.
Mayor Ashley Swearengin said a series of recommendations by a six-member team of IBM experts funded by an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant provides a solid roadmap for the City in its economic development and neighborhood revitalization efforts.
A news release with additional information is available here.
State of the City Tickets Now Available
Mayor Ashley Swearengin will reflect on the state of the City and share her vision for Fresno’s future at the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 State of the City address on Thursday, May 16.  The event will be held at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center’s New Exhibit Hall at noon.  Check-in will begin at 11:30 a.m.
For Chamber members, individual tickets are $40 and tables of 10 are $400.  For non-members, individual tickets are $50 and tables of 10 are $500.   More information on the event is available from Angela Vasquez of the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce at (559) 495-4800 or
4th Nicholas Henebury Memorial Golf Tournament Set for  May 25
The 4th Nicholas Henebury Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Fresno Sister Cities and the Nicholas Henebury Memorial Scholarship Fund will be held at Eagle Springs Golf & Country Club in Friant on Saturday, May 25, at noon.
Additional information is available at
More information on Fresno’s Sister Cities program is available at
Help Send Pinedale Team to Global Competition in Tennessee
Nelson’s 7 Wonders, a Destination Imagination team of seven students from Pinedale Elementary School in Pinedale, will compete in a global competition in Knoxville, Tennessee, later this month – and Fresnans can help send them there.
Nelson is entered in the elementary level Scientific Challenge, Wind Visible, at the competition.  For the challenge, the students had to write an eight-minute skit that incorporated research on wind energy and design one piece of kinetic art.  To add a twist, the art must move for 15 seconds during the skit and an invisible visitor must set the kinetic art into motion.
The students are working hard to raise the $12,000 needed to support the venture.  More information is available from Angela Rush at 285-2070 or Angelo Stalis at 270-7708.
Destination Imagination is a project-based educational program that fosters critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and teamwork.  The competition will be held May 22-25. 
Mayor Swearengin’s Activities
While some of these activities outlined below are not public meetings, these are some of the issues being addressed this week by Mayor Swearengin:
  • Delivering her State of the City address;
  • Participating in a groundbreaking ceremony with PG&E officials for an important project that will create jobs in Fresno;
  • Speaking at the Fresno Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s “Developing Hispanic Leaders” Gala Night.
 ‘Go Green and Clean’ Schedule
Each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, volunteers assist with basic clean up and maintenance of City parks as part of the City’s “Go Green and Clean” program.
Here is the “Go Green and Clean” schedule for the coming weeks:
  • May 18 – Ted C. Wills, 770 N. San Pablo.
  • May 25 – No program for Memorial Day holiday.
  • June 1 – Lafayette Park, 1516 E. Princeton.
In the program, volunteers participate in basic park care through litter removal, flower bed raking, pruning, painting, graffiti removal and other light tasks.
Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, hats, gloves and sun block and bring plenty of drinking water. Basic work tools and supplies will be provided by the City of Fresno.  Each volunteer will be required to complete a volunteer form and waiver.
This Week’s Meeting
Here is a city-related meeting this week:
  • Planning Commission, City Hall Council Chambers, Wednesday, May 15, 6 p.m.
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