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    and primary population center is the hotbed of the phenomenon Year on year the number of subscribers grew 59 from 2000 to 2001 According to the OECD there were 23 million broadband users in Korea by the end of 2001 50 of the online population including 8 million individual subscriptions This achievement is the product of strong government policy in support of broadband services Three years ago the Ministry of Information and Communications made broadband infrastructure a high priority reflecting the goals of President Kim Dae Jung The government began to invest in networks for its agencies schools and universities and offered US 400 million in loans to carriers for infrastructure construction This led first Korea Telecom and then its competitors to invest an estimated 10 billion in network development Pointing the Way Today there are more than 70 broadband service providers led by Korea Telecom Hanaro Telecom and Korea Thrunet These leaders have bundled content along with access in an effort to build usage The nine key Internet access applications are online gaming Internet telephony e learning movies on demand finance shopping broadcasting chat and music Under the combined pressure of government policy and competition access prices are kept

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    products online for sale by Suwon companies and provides a videoconferencing system to promote deal making without the need to travel To date companies have sold 200 000 worth of products through the Office A branch office of the Korean Trade Investment Promotion Agency extends this effort by providing overseas representation for Suwon companies From 2003 to 2008 nearly 500 local businesses took part in expositions and market development projects Anyone with experience in municipal government knows that just throwing money at a problem is no guarantee of success While betting taxpayers money on buildings and companies Suwon has also built a web of collaborative relationships among industry universities and government The tangible result is a large number of public private research centers and institutes including the Gyeonggi Regional Research Center Content Convergence Software Research Center Gyeonggi Bio Center Korea Nano Fab Center Next Generation Convergence Technology Institute and Green Energy Auto Parts Material Research Center Some are located at local institutions including Sungkyunkwan University and Gyeonggi University Others are based in yet another development Kwangkyo Techno Valley a 450m campus that is home to 145 R D organizations Seven years of nurturing SMEs in specific industries have borne fruit Two third of Suwon companies specialize in one of its targeted industries electronics medical devices chemicals and specialty metals Companies with 50 or fewer employees make up 94 of all employers in the city Ubiquitous Suwon Suwon s efforts to develop a 21st Century information infrastructure have been no less bold In 2005 city government established the Ubiquitous Suwon Master Plan branded as U Happy The goal was to make Suwon s government more transparent more responsive to citizens and more cost effective The city decided to develop its own governmental network despite South Korea s impressive broadband infrastructure It was able to trim nearly a quarter million US dollars from its operating costs by eliminating leased lines and the use of conduit already installed for the transportation management system kept construction costs to a minimum Control of its own network allowed Suwon to boost connection speeds from 32 Mbps to a blazing 1 Gbps What followed was a massive re engineering project to consolidate and integrate multiple existing computer systems covering taxation real estate public health and safety transportation management and city administration Five city agencies collaborated on integration of GIS and aerial imaging data to simplify planning eliminate hazards and increase efficiency A unified Web gateway now provides citizens with access to online service requests reports payment news and information With 10 million unique visits per year the site handled over 600 000 transactions in 2009 for 93 000 registered users who can also elect to receive news and access their accounts by mobile phone A Happy Suwon Broadcasting Station delivers local news over the Web on city government cultural events education and entertainment programs And to ensure that services are available to the offline population an Interactive Data Digital TV service offers government news interactive services and

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    set a standard in China for quality of life Moving at the high speed of development in the Middle Kingdom Jiading New City is already home to the regional headquarters of major Chinese companies schools hospitals hotels rail and bus lines as well as housing A ubiquitous wireless network is being deployed to provide broadband Yet for all its advanced infrastructure Jiading New City encompasses one hundred parks a network of lakes and rivers and a forest belt that takes up 40 of its land Already called China s most livable city Jiading New District aims to become an important destination where the dynamism of China connects to the global economy http english jiading gov cn China 538 000 Kingston Ontario A midsize city in rural Canada Kingston is ranked as one of Canada s six best places to live Its economy is based on healthcare education government and tourism These are industries however that largely recycle money already circulating in the local economy rather than bringing in more from outside To address this strategic problem Kingston has focused on creating a 21st Century infrastructure and building an advanced manufacturing base on it The city owned utility has developed a 1 000 km fiber and wireless network to blanket the community and surrounding counties which serves government facilities and major employers directly and sells bulk capacity to ISPs Leveraging the presence of multiple universities Kingston has founded an Innovation Park and PARTIEQ Innovations office to turn intellectual property into new businesses Fifty organizations working from the park focus on alternative energy biotechnology medical devices and information and communications technologies A new wind farm located across the harbor from Kingston is contributing 198 megawatts to the local grid The city s success has led to a local skills shortage and Kingston is now focused on educational innovation in its public schools to develop the next generation of successful citizens www cityofkingston ca Canada 160 000 Mitchell South Dakota This rural city on the plains of South Dakota is no stranger to the rural challenge of population loss which began with the mechanization of agriculture in the 1930s It is the largest city in an area that has lost 30 of its population over the past 70 years But Mitchell has carved out a sharply different destiny With a willing private communications company and a broadband stimulus grant Mitchell has developed an FTTP network serving every business and residence Its university and technical school have leveraged the city s agricultural heritage into academic leadership in precision farming As part of a strategic plan called Focus 2020 both engage closely with city government business primary and secondary schools and a major hospital to promote digital literacy and supply the highly trained workforce in increasing demand by area businesses These include growing software companies data centers customer service centers and communications consulting firms Mitchell s master plan concentrates on education healthcare infrastructure and efficient government as the keys to maintaining quality of life while promoting the best possible business environment Alone in its region Mitchell has held onto its population and even achieved modest growth and so faces the new century with new confidence www cityofmitchell org United States 15 000 Oulu The mobile communications business has been good to Oulu and the mobile business has become a threat to its future This former industrial city located 200 km south of the Arctic Circle built a tech based economy in the Eighties around the Nokia Research Center and numerous small to midsize enterprises SMEs specializing in mobile technologies many located at the Oulu Technology Park The Nokia risk as Oulu s leaders called it materialized in the new century as the company failed to adapt to the rise of the smartphone and began to downsize its operations Yet Oulu has created 18 000 new high tech jobs since 2007 thanks to a decades old culture of public private collaboration and its many high quality educational institutions including the University of Oulu with its 16 000 students The city has built ICT assets such as the PanOULU free wireless network and an e government Web portal for citizens In collaboration with the university and business it has fostered multiple R D institutes from the Center for Internet Excellence to Oulu Living Labs where a broad range of technologies are researched and developed before being tested by residents who volunteer their time and expertise Whatever the fortunes of its biggest mobile technology employer Oulu is determined to be a quiet leader in the technologies that will shape our century www businessoulu com Finland 188 000 Philadelphia Pennsylvania America s first capital Philadelphia is still the nation s fifth largest city but far from its most prosperous Like other old industrial cities it suffered decades of decline as automation and globalization eliminated low skilled employment Today 51 of jobs in Philadelphia require a university degree but only 22 of Philadelphians possess one Though it is home to dozens of universities and thriving service businesses the city has a poverty rate of almost 27 When he took office in 2008 Mayor Michael Nutter pledged to double the percentage of young people who attended university Since then city government has marshaled local and national resources in an effort to break the cycle of low achievement and economic exclusion Nearly half of Philadelphians lack Internet access at home Having identified broadband as an essential utility in its master plan the city assembled a coalition of health social service and community development organizations called the Freedom Rings Partnership The group successfully applied for broadband stimulus funding which has been applied to the development of 77 KEYSPOTS digital inclusion centers in low income neighborhoods Each provides access to technology digital skills education and training in such essentials as job interviewing and keeping a job Together they have served 165 000 participants with an impact that often reaches far beyond basic digital literacy Other public and private investment has gone into redevelopment of the Navy Yard into a green industries park and America s largest urban solar farm as well as early development of a learning management system for the public schools For Philadelphia the payoff from these programs will be an increase in the percentage of its citizens that participate in the city s economic success www phila gov United States 1 500 000 Prospect South Australia This suburb of Adelaide shares the characteristics of bedroom communities around the world a well educated population with strong economic potential most of which benefits its neighboring city more than the community itself Exploring the issue the Council identified as the key limiting factor its 60 year old copper telecom network which was unable to support DSL and barely adequate in some areas for telephone service So began an aggressive effort to attract national and state investment to Prospect Effective lobbying led to the city s designation in October 2010 as a Stage Two roll out site for Australia s National Broadband Network with optical fiber construction beginning in August 2012 and an estimated investment value of A 11 million The Council also devoted its own budget to build a new fiber infrastructure for government and succeeded in persuading private carriers to fill gaps in wireless coverage and roll out 4G service To build a broadband culture of use Prospect won Federal grants for programs to train SMEs and SOHOs in digital entrepreneurship and build a Community Digital Hub to demonstrate the full range of ICT to residents The focus on SOHOs is deliberate Prospect has a strong home based business community half of whom are knowledge workers and its economic development strategy aims to stimulate a wave of digital micro businesses and telecommuters to capture more of the economic value generated by its people www prospect sa gov au Australia 22 000 Rio de Janeiro Once the capital of Brazil Rio remains one of its most important cities producing over 5 of national GDP and is home to a broad range of industries from oil and shipbuilding to media and publishing Having been selected as the site of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics Rio has embarked on a major effort to leverage its new prominence for the community s long term benefit Brazil has traditionally suffered from high economic inequality National government has tackled this problem with redistribution programs and Rio has focused on bringing low income citizens into the broadband economy A Knowledge Square program and Casa Rio Digital provide facilities digital libraries training courses and recreation space in low income neighborhoods across the city which have trained 60 000 people Forsoft is a six month training program for secondary school graduates which equips them to be entry level computer programmers or network technicians Business partners agree to hire at least one third of each graduating class to help fill the thousands of IT vacancies in the area Competitions such as Rio Ideas and Rio Apps provide cash prizes to innovative software developers while the city s municipal fiber network is being opened to Rio s many universities as well as providing the backbone for wireless broadband networks in underserved areas By leveraging the potential of Rio s people the city aims to renew its standing as one of the world s leading cities www rio rj gov br Brazil 6 300 000 Stratford Ontario At the turn of the new century Stratford had a reputation for being quaint cultured and out of the way home to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and a 90 minute drive from Toronto the business capital of eastern Canada In fact Stratford had always been an industrial town as well as an agricultural center Strategic planning beginning in 1997 has focused on preserving Stratford s enviable quality of life while leveraging ICT to transform its economy For the past 15 years a team led by Mayor Dan Mathieson has executed on that strategy with great intensity The city owned utility has built out a 70 km open access fiber network with a WiFi overlay and signed sales agreements with commercial carriers to deliver triple play and mobile services The network enabled the Festival to significantly expand its online marketing and plays a key role in the city s tourism strategy which builds on the Festival s reputation to attract foodies cyclists and other target groups throughout the year At the same time the city has used the network to slash its own telecom costs and power a smart meter program Adopting the triple helix approach to innovation it has turned Stratford into a test bed for technology pilots for such companies as Toshiba Research in Motion and Cisco and institutions including Clemson University and the University of Waterloo UWaterloo springboard for Canada s tech industry Digital media however is at the core of its strategy the city persuaded UWaterloo to open a campus in Stratford with the support of OpenText to offer graduate and undergraduate studies and foster a startup culture The near death of the North American auto industry pushed unemployment in Stratford to 7 9 as the city lost 1 600 mostly low skilled jobs in manufacturing But the city also gained 700 jobs requiring ICT skills and has recently seen the revival of automotive create a labor shortage for the higher skilled manufacturing jobs it retains For an economy in transition these trends are a serious validation that it is on the right track www city stratford on ca Canada 32 000 Taichung City When the city and county of Taichung merged in 2010 it created a huge metropolis uniting completely different economies a major seaport city where 70 of employees work in services and a rural county where 50 work in industry and agriculture is a significant source of income The city s leadership under Mayor Chih Chiang Jason Hu was determined to create a whole much greater than the sum of its parts The city and telecom companies partnered to create thousands of WiFi hotspots fiber based broadband and 4G WiMAX now reaching more than 90 of the population Through imaginative applications developed by public private partnership ICT has become a driver of greater global competitiveness The backbone of Taichung s manufacturing economy is a network of 1 500 precision machinery makers and tens of thousands of SME suppliers Smaller companies now benefit from a shared cloud based ERP system that reduces their purchasing costs and time to market An RFID system at the port automates the clearing of shipping containers for exit slashing the time trucks spend idling at the gate Taichung is also helping farmers apply ICT to improve yields and profitability while expanding their international markets To power this new economy the city and its 17 colleges have created a truly lifelong learning system ranging from basic digital education and vocational training to advanced study and continuous skills improvement And Taichung is aggressively pursuing industrial clustering through development of the Central Taiwan Technology Corridor combining science parks precision manufacturing parks and software parks to give physical shape to its global ambitions www taichung gov tw Taiwan 2 676 000 Tallinn Estonia saw a major boom from 2004 to 2007 as loan capital poured in from Scandinavian countries The country s rise from Soviet occupation beginning in 1991 had been miraculous but the wave of investment was more than the market could usefully absorb When the financial crisis came it hit Estonia and its principal city of Tallinn very hard Several thousand companies went bankrupt and layoffs particularly of the low skilled rose into the tens of thousands Yet beneath the froth Tallinn has put into place the foundations of ICT based growth that is generating a strong comeback Tallinn s first wave of IT industry growth was driven by national government spending on an amazing range of e government applications Its return to growth has a more sustainable basis in education and entrepreneurship With 23 universities and technical schools Tallinn has the resources for a knowledge workforce it has focused now on expanding access and filling demand for ICT and digital content skills From 2007 to 2011 Tallinn Technical University doubled participation in lifelong learning programs The city is expanding public access computer sites and training programs for the disconnected while a public private project called EstWin will extend 100 Mbps broadband throughout Estonia by 2015 To support local startups and attract talent from beyond Estonia s borders Tallinn and its educational and business partners have launched multiple incubators targeting creative services medical and biotech mechatronics and ICT Europe s first gaming accelerator opened in Tallinn this year and its Ülemiste City industrial estate is expanding 50 to house 250 companies making it the Baltics biggest knowledge based development When the crisis struck Tallinn moved fast to launch aid packages to get residents and companies through the bad times with their skills and ambitions intact The value of the city s short term response and its long term strategy will be proven in coming years www tallinn info Estonia 400 000 Taoyuan County Home to the international airport serving Taipei Taoyuan County is an industrial powerhouse with more than 24 industrial parks 44 000 companies and 10 000 factories Its employers are strong in logistics aviation technology semiconductors and opto electronics as well as automotive accessories textiles and foods The county is also home to 15 colleges and universities which graduate 25 000 students every year With the youngest population in Taiwan the county s continuing challenge is to ensure that its residents have the skills employers need and that they can prosper in a global market where change is the only certainty It manages a massive effort connecting job seekers with job opportunities from employment offices to recruitment events to fill hundreds of thousands of job opportunities opening yearly To upgrade the skills of traditional industrial workers and the unemployed it offers vocational training as well as a range of digital literacy programs for all ages A new e learning portal aims to provide every citizen a customized learning environment In 2011 the county introduced English instruction in first grade in its public schools to ensure that young people are fluent in the international language of business Taoyuan has also successfully encouraged business and universities to establish research institutions and incubation centers to drive fundamental research and commercialize new developments Broadband underpins this range of developments the county has built an open access conduit network for private carriers as well as a chain of WiFi hotspots And to build awareness of Taoyuan industries the county has created a Made in Taoyuan brand which it promotes to its own citizens as well as to markets throughout Asia www tycg gov tw eng Taiwan 2 020 000 Tirana With the collapse of Soviet rule over eastern Europe in the late 1990s this capital city of one of the continent s poorest countries set off on a perilous journey to the 21st Century Tirana is the commercial and manufacturing center of the country with about half of all Albania companies and three quarters of foreign owned enterprises It is home to growing industries for footwear and clothing agricultural products mining oil and gas and tourism With low Internet penetration compared to the European Union the country s Internet market offers high growth potential In Tirana broadband take up is rising rapidly in response to increased availability and sharply lower prices The nation s goal is to become a cyber hub for the region with broadband penetration equal to that of the EU and ICT becoming a leading sector of the economy Tirana is home to Albania s only business incubator and has seen a corresponding increase in startups in sectors including advertising design computer services media and publishing The national development strategy focuses on expanding the small to midsize business base including micro enterprises and fostering an entrepreneurial culture The Albanian government has invested substantially in e government applications

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    to more than a tenth of Canada s population The region was hit by the decline of heavy industry in the Eighties and launched a large scale transition of its economy to ICT aerospace life sciences health technologies and clean tech Together these clusters contain more than 6 250 companies employing about 10 of the workforce A Smart City plan introduced in 2011 is the most recent contributor to this transition It focuses on further build out of the city s wired and wireless broadband infrastructure as well as deploying technology to make city services and systems more efficient and creating a collaborative ecosystem involving business institutions and citizens The city owns its own electric utility which has contributed to an 81 Internet penetration rate with most connections at high speed Current plans call for build out of free WiFi across the 17 square kilometers of the central city An open citizen laboratory already invites participation in incubating social technologies An aggressive train the trainer program operates from 85 centers to equip community leaders with digital skills which also help the significant portion of the population who struggle with basic literacy a legacy of the city s industrial past The metro area s universities graduate more students from higher education than any other Canadian city Over 415 000 students earned an undergraduate or graduate degree there from 1998 through 2008 Montreal institutions also received more than 160 000 registrations for e learning in the 2011 12 school year while a specialized program is training hundreds of teachers in the use of digital technologies This educational foundation feeds into the region s fast growing knowledge economy which is a major focus of policy Montreal operates six Learning Labs specializing in areas from transportation to healthcare and urban planning and has deployed

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    of skills dense social networks and physical spaces for interactions great cities and metro areas push people together and increase the kinetic energy between them Yet this urban celebration has a darker side It begs the question if 67 of five billion people are jammed into mega cities would you really want to live in one People s marked preference for living in green suburbs suggests perhaps not An exclusive focus on cities also casts the rural lands with their farms plains and forests as an inconvenient distance between the places where the action is That s a serious misreading of reality In the simplest possible sense rural areas are the ecosystem that gives cities life They are the source of the air that cities breathe the food they consume the water they drink In the life of nations they offer a welcome alternative to the density and anonymity of the city And they are places that people love People in rural areas tend to be proud of their culture and arts They care deeply about the natural beauty of the region and treasure ways of life that have evolved over the centuries Challenges to a Treasured Way of Life Rural areas however are under challenge from many directions As their relative share of the population shrinks they face a gradual atrophy of opportunities for education and employme nt The lack of high quality job opportunities compared with urban areas forces the brightest young adults to leave their communities in order to make a living Once gone involved in romantic relationships making homes and raising families only a few return As the population shrinks in relative or actual terms the tax and spending base supporting services from schools to stores to cultural activities slowly declines Schools are consolidated stores close up cultural activities fade away and each loss further erodes rural quality of life Meanwhile the increasing average age of the population as deaths outweigh births puts greater strain on social services which are increasingly hard to afford Some rural areas buck the trend Many rural areas are not in crisis Those located within driving distance of an urban center attract commuters and weekenders Those with scenery cultural or recreational attractions balance local enterprise with income from tourism Some hold onto a local manufacturing base or exploit geography to become transport and logistics hubs But these opportunities are distributed neither evenly nor with regard to the welfare of the people who occupy rural land Something New Under the Sun But in the broadband economy of the 21st century when information and communications technology ICT are doing so much to eliminate distance as a barrier rural areas have opportunities never seen before The opportunity is to plug into the world at low cost regardless of location To affordably import the world s learning and culture to enrich the lives of young and old and to give local cultural traditions new life in a global community To make rural areas as vital

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    short term action and long term strategy Keynote The Keynote provides stakeholders with an introductory education on the Intelligent Community movement and the benefits your community can gain by starting on the path to becoming an Intelligent Community It outlines the core concepts tells the story of communities that have faced similar challenges and provides Q A interaction with the audience Master Class The Master Class is a focused day long workshop for the governmental institutional and business leaders of the community It offers education to give the champions of change in your community a common understanding It provides facilitation that spurs near term action to improve the community in visible and measurable ways These near term achievements demonstrate the value of the effort and motivate more citizens and organizations to support progress The Master Class is available as a full day onsite program including local meetings and social events and a half day Virtual Master Class delivered online Community Mentoring The Master Class is a beginning not an end To help you harvest its potential ICF connects your leaders and projects groups with other Intelligent Communities that have faced similar challenges We facilitate an exchange of experience and insights that can break through barriers to achieve success Engagements are customized to your needs and typically involve monthly or quarterly meetings for a period of 6 to 12 months with a mix of on site and online participation During those meetings you will receive advice on project design guidance on formulating goals and setting expectations and strategy advice on leveraging resources and building partnerships Community Metrics How ready is your community to turn broadband into economic and social value The Accelerator Metrics provides an analysis of community readiness and performance based on more than 40 data points related to ICF

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    offering an overview of the program travel and hotel read full article How Two Intelligent Communities Joined Forces to Grow Their Economies Part 2 Friday January 15 2016 In Waterloo Region a steering committee was established to follow the progress of the Alliance read full article More News ICF VIDEO PLAYLIST INTELLIGENT COMMUNITIES More Communities Winnipeg Manitoba Canada 2014 Sunday January 12 2014 Located at the midpoint between East and West Coasts Winnipeg is the capital of a province rich in agricultural and natural resources In the 21st Century the city is pursuing economic growth by better connecting industry and education while better equiping its large aboriginal population for opportunity Winnipeg has formed partnerships linking employers like Canadian Tire to the University of Winnipeg an ICT association and other public private groups to improve the supply of skilled employees The Composite Innovation Centre CIC a public private R D organization has developed technologies and supply chains for high performance composites based on agricultural materials such as hemp and flax which reduces costs for employers like Boeing and Magellan Aerospace Full Profile Full Profile EVENTS More Events ICF Summit 2016 Date June 13 17 2016 What US city is home to the world s largest private research institute the largest More MEDIA COVERAGE More Media Five Cities and Counties Make it to Smart Status Five municipalities and counties in Taiwan New Taipei City Taoyuan Kaohsiung Taitung County and Hsinchu County have been named among the world s Smart21 Communities of 2016 by the New York based Dublin s New Intelligent Community Global Institute to Spread Best Practices for Economic Development After being listed four times on the Intelligent Community Forum s list of the world s smartest cities Dublin is becoming more than just a subject of the New York think

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    Visionary The Analysts Programs Community Accelerator Centers of Excellence Annual Summit ICF Institutes ICF Nations Rural Imperative Speakers News Blog Visionary Voices Video Press Releases Press Coverage Event Calendar Publications Brain Gain Seizing Our Destiny BroadbandEconomies Future Cities Books White Papers About ICF Global Thought Leaders How ICF Helps Partners Support Support the Forum ICF Supporters Subscribe Contacts Home Login Go Back Login for Website Intelligent Community Forum ICF User

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