BlumShapiro Consulting - a division of New England advisory firm BlumShapiro - announced on Monday their participation inMicrosoft CityNext, a "partner-led initiative that empowers cities to be more sustainable, prosperous, and economically competitive with a simplified approach," per Microsoft's website.

As part of CityNext, BlumShapiro will work with Microsoft to connect technology with city governments, businesses and citizens in order to help bring innovation to the every-day life of city dwellers.

“BlumShapiro Consulting is proud to partner with Microsoft CityNext to further help cities transform government infrastructure, deliver new citizen services and address important challenges like sustainability and economic development,” said Brian Renstrom, partner, BlumShapiro Consulting, in a statement. “Our company’s thought leadership, expertise and experience will integrate perfectly with Microsoft CityNext to implement new processes and systems to support our clients. As a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, we will further enhance our laser sharp focus on customer service and their potential to succeed.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with BlumShapiro Consulting on Microsoft CityNext. Microsoft prioritizes a people- and partner-first approach across all our initiatives, and Microsoft CityNext is no different,” stated Rob Bernard, chief environmental and cities strategist, Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector. “While cities are feeling the strain from economic challenges, Microsoft CityNext ushers in innovative technology solutions to create opportunities for cities and their citizens, enabling them to accomplish what they never thought possible.  We’re inspired by our diverse partner ecosystem and know that working together we can help cities realize their full potential.” 

BkumShapiro represents the largest business advisory firm based in New England, with offices in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The firm's approximately 400 staff members specialize in accounting, auditing, tax and business advisory services.

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