Providence, IBM Partner To Revitalize Jewelry District

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras announced Wednesday that IBM will work with the city to create software to help revitalize the Jewelry District.

 Officials with the city and the technology company announced the partnership Wednesday.

IBM will help create a computerized land management system designed to reduce the red tape of building and business permits and help the city market property for economic development.

The software will be applied first to the area opened up for development by the relocation of Interstate 195.

Providence is one of 24 cities receiving help from IBM through its Smarter Cities Challenge program.

City officials say the company's contribution to Providence is valued at $400,000.