DigitalTown Announces Global Launch of CityShares
Local Ownership Model for City Platform Cooperatives built on Blockchain
SEATTLE, Dec. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DigitalTown, Inc. (OTC PINK:DGTW), the leading provider of People-centric Solutions for Smart Cities, announced today the beginning of the free claim period for CityShares, or fractional interests, in its Smart City platforms across nearly 4 million cities, towns and villages around the world. The announcement makes it possible for any city to become a Smart City based on the DigitalTown platform.
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Since the introduction of DigitalTown in London in June 2017, management at DigitalTown has been in discussions with stakeholders in cities and towns around the world to introduce its flagship Platform Cooperative for Cities. The groundbreaking platform is designed to equip any community with the tools with which to be more effective in keeping money in their local economies while making its citizens happier and more prosperous through a process of co-creation. Each city effectively becomes its own Google, Expedia, AirBnB, OpenTable, PayPal and Bitcoin, all in one, and all branded in the identity of the city through a city-branded web presence and a mobile application, and locally owned. Residents and visitors are able to search, connect, share and shop local, transacting directly with the local merchants, with commission revenues benefiting local stakeholders.
Rob Monster, CEO of DigitalTown commented on the announcement, explaining "AirBnB and Uber have shown the world the power of the Sharing Economy to tap the productive capacity of individual citizens in a community. Blockchain, and in particular Bitcoin, has shown the world the power of distributed ledgers as alternative stores of value and as an efficient medium of exchange. With DigitalTown, we aim to bring these proven digital success models to cities, towns and communities of all sizes, empowering them to become sovereign economies where the digital platform serves the people, and is owned either by the people or for the people."
With the ability to have citizen ownership of a DigitalTown, any community can become a Smart City and also be part of the DigitalTown Global Network. DigitalTown is now live in Austin, London, and Nashville. Pensacola, Pittsburgh and San Diego are scheduled to follow in January 2018. Any city in the world that wishes to become a DigitalTown can license the platform at DigitalTown.com. Alternatively, citizens can directly sign up at DigitalTown.com. When either 1% of the citizens, or 1000 citizens total, of any of the nearly 4 million listed communities have verified their interest in becoming a DigitalTown, the process of becoming a DigitalTown begins with the city typically live within 90 days.
To find out more about becoming a DigitalTown, visit DigitalTown.com.
DigitalTown, Inc. (DGTW) powers Smart Cities to succeed in the Digital Age. The company provides turn-key hosted solutions to power "Digital Towns", which improve Quality of Life for residents and visitors through locally owned solutions for economic development, civic engagement and digital inclusion for cities around the world. For more information about the company, please visit www.digitaltown.com.
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Rob Monster, Chief Executive Officer
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