City loses out on £20 million in competition
BRISTOL has lost out on funding worth more than £20 million in a government competition to find a "city of the future".
The city has lost out to Glasgow in the competition, organised by the Technology Strategy Boards to find a Future Cities Demonstrator.
There was some consolation because even though the city has been overlooked in its bid to land £24 million of investment to demonstrate how a city of the future should function, it was handed a £3 million runners-up prize.
Bristol mayor George Ferguson was involved in the process to try and win the cash and took part in a presentation in London.
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He said: "While there is some disappointment that we did not gain the main prize, Bristol is now the only city in the UK to have won funding from Government to be both a Super Connected City and a Future City.
"Bringing these awards together gives us a pot of nearly £15 million, with which we can move really quickly to lever-in additional funding and support from business to help deliver our plans."
According to Mr Ferguson Bristol is increasingly being seen as a creative, smart, green and connected city.
He said: "We are fast becoming the UK's creative capital, a city of experimentation and a city that offers a warm welcome."
A delegation led by Mr Ferguson put forward Bristol's case in December. If it had been successful the city would have trialled an "app" or computer programme to monitor performance and use of technology on a daily basis.