5 cities win AWS City on a Cloud challenge

5 cities win AWS City on a Cloud challenge

Five U.S. cities were named winners in Amazon Web Services’ City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge -- a contest that acknowledged innovative and impactful local government solutions running on the AWS cloud:

Louisville, Ky., created a series of custom sites on AWS that let citizens review, analyze and comment on government actions and processes. 

King County, Wash., migrated from a tape-powered backup and disaster recovery system to automated, virtual and physical storage through Amazon Glacier and S3 systems.

Louisiana’s South Central Development and Planning Commission developed MyGovernmentOnline.org that provides cloud-based location and tracking of government assets.

Chicago built OpenGrid, an open-source geographical information system that helps users to find real-time location-based data on street closures, weather, residential complaints and relevant social media posts. 

Marquette, Mich.,  created the CemetaryHost app for quickly and accurately locating specific graves in Marquette’s Historic Park Cemetery by name.

Louisville, King County and Chicago were awarded $50,000 in AWS credits, and the South Central Development and Planning Commission in Louisiana and the city of Marquette each won $25,000 in AWS credits.

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