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Lt. Gov. Roberts to Join Distinguished Panel of Nationwide Business and State Leaders at Global Conference on Smarter Cities

Session moderated by Tom Brokaw to explore opportunities to transform our cities for growth and sustainability

PROVIDENCE— Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts will participate in a panel discussion with business and state leaders at the IBM Smarter Cities Conference, Thursday, October 1st, at 4:45 p.m. in New York. Lt. Gov. Roberts joins a panel moderated by Tom Brokaw of NBC News that includes Gov. Sonny Perdue of Georgia, Vermont’s Gov. James Douglas, New York’s Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch, Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. Denis Cortese and IBM’s Marc Lautenbach. The New York IBM Smarter Cities Summit is the second in a series of three global conferences focusing on innovative approaches for a rapidly urbanizing planet. The first summit was held in Berlin last June, and the third conference will convene in Shanghai.

“I am deeply honored to be invited by IBM to participate in a open dialogue with my distinguished colleagues in state government,” said Lt. Gov. Roberts. “And I look forward to representing Rhode Island in a discussion on how we can take a leading role in utilizing information technology, innovation and cutting edge research in shaping the future of our cities. Rhode Island has actively engaged in collaborative partnerships bringing together public and private higher education, government leaders and IBM, and I look forward to sharing our experiences and learning with others at the conference.”

Lt. Gov. Roberts will also be attending the Smarter Healthcare session of the conference. Panelists include Dr. Jose Armando Ahued, Health Secretary of the Government of Mexico City; Christopher Coburn of the Cleveland Clinic; Dr. Denis Cortese, CEO of the Mayo Clinic and Dr. Ronald Paulus of Geisinger Health System.

The IBM Smarter Cities New York City Conference is being hosted by IBM Chairman and CEO Samuel J. Palmisano in collaboration with the Partnership for New York City and the City University of New York.

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