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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    and lower cost countries NTC faced the need to develop a knowledge based economy to power its future The Future is Broadband Massive investment went into high speed roads and rails to unite the doughnut shaped city but the real focus has been on broadband Partnering with the private sector NTC has boosted network deployment and promoted cloud based services for government and business The household penetration rate is at 91 with 87 on 100 Mbps service With education the single largest budget line NTC has connected more than 300 schools put tablets and computers into classrooms and retrained teaching staffs Taking advantage of the density of convenience stores NTC has facilitated the installation of more than 10 000 Wi Fi hotspots Still one million citizens are on the wrong side of the digital divide To help them the city offers training classes mobile computer classrooms and Digital Opportunity Centers where visitors can try the latest technologies More than 420 000 people have received digital inclusion services and household computer ownership has grown from 89 to 92 over five years Knowledge Drives Growth Executives and employees are an equal focus A Knowledge Bridge project has driven industry university collaboration projects and provided talent and job matchmaking It is credited with lowering the unemployment rate by a full percentage point NTC has identified seven strategic industries from green tech and bio tech to optoelectronics and culture for development and its SME Service Group offers counseling support for business development and R D subsidies Just three of NTC s business parks each focused on a different industry cluster have attracted US 1 5 billion in investment added US 2 5 bn in economic value and created 22 400 jobs In the Xizhi District a cloud computing development called U Town has attracted

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    offering a much broader range of local opportunity Innovation Boulevard There is no lack of potential in Surrey it is Canada s third fastest growing city which welcomes 1 000 new residents each month and where residential construction is a major industry It is part of the growing metropolitan area of Vancouver from which it derives most of its economic energy today To gain greater control over its destiny Surrey has developed a diversification strategy calling for deepening the partnership between its institutions of higher learning and local business Development is focused on an Innovation Boulevard project where the city universities and business are building clusters in health technology clean tech and advanced manufacturing Overseeing the project is the Mayor s Health Technology Working Group comprised of 50 representatives from universities a health authority nonprofits business associations government and developers Ten new health technology firms have already moved in attracted in part by the availability of five new advanced laboratory spaces It is one component of a master plan to create several dense and walkable city centers supporting a mix of residential and commercial space linked by light rail Smart and Sustainable Plans Surrey s past was enabled by the automobile A new Sustainability Compact developed with substantial public consultation aims to change that dynamic by focusing on emissions reduction and thoughtful adaptation to climate change The city has achieved a 70 waste diversion target ahead of schedule and completed a district energy system for city buildings and future high rise residential towers A range of smart city systems from a central traffic management center to the MySurrey App are improving livability and better engaging with citizens And for those on the wrong side of the digital divide the library system is training thousands of residents in digital skills as

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    That is a reputation the city is eager to change Inspired to Become an Intelligent Community Whanganui found inspiration in the Intelligent Community Forum and has charted a clear path to a more prosperous future The Council s Family Friendly Strategy in 2008 set goals for the economy community partnership health safety cultural richness and environmental sustainability It was followed by a Broadband Strategy in 2009 and Digital Strategies in 2010 and 2013 which boldly called for this rural city to become a leader in the digital world with a high value economy vibrant community and health environment They were brave words and the city has begun to deliver on their promise The Council helped Ultrafast Fibre make the case for building an urban fiber network which now connects 13 000 households businesses and institutions and has attracted 12 broadband retailers In 2014 Ultrafast boosted its top network speed to 1 Gbps InspireNet a local wireless company has worked with community groups to install fixed wireless repeaters that extend network services into the rural areas surrounding the urban core Advanced connectivity has recently attracted film education companies software engineers teachers and other professionals to the city and existing businesses like Q West a boat builder that once complained of poor connectivity are finding their businesses booming City Council has used the network to put its own operations on line including wireless applications for field staff to save money and improve service to citizens and businesses Creating a Generation of Innovators The Digital Whanganui strategy also led to vital partnerships with the city s small university with a Computer Clubhouse group affiliated with MIT and skills development organizations Together they organized an annual TechEx technology expo to educate residents and businesses about digital opportunities This has led in turn to a

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    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 CIC s success has led to the creation of a national consortium Canadian Composites Manufacturing R D to conduct pre competitive R D for multiple companies CIC also has a training program that gives Winnipeg students on the job experience and supports skills development in companies Cultural Legacy The Digital Voices Project originated at Winnipeg s largest secondary school Oral storytelling is a vital part of aboriginal culture in Manitoba and the Project provides students with digital skills training and supports them in building personal familial and cultural stories across multiple media The University has established a drop in facility for inner city residents the Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre where visitors benefit from free computer access as well as academic traditional language and homework help programs This supplements the free Internet access and ICT workshops available throughout the Winnipeg library system Among Winnipeg s most innovative developments for its First Nations residents is the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network APTN the first national aboriginal TV network for which more than 80 of programming originates in Canada A social media offshoot APTN Digital Drum allows aboriginal youth to express their cultural identity and connect with each other Home to North America s oldest ballet company Winnipeg also has a thriving arts and culture scene An independent film from two Winnipegers Indie Game The Movie won awards at the Sundance Festival and was a New York Times

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    to explore how Intelligent Communities enable growth and empower citizens Attendees will learn from each other through content rich presentations and abundant opportunities for networking One of the hidden jewels among American cities Columbus is home to the world s largest private research institute the largest land grant university the Midwest s largest venture capital firm IBM s premier data analytics center the United States top ranked science museum metropolitan

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    their commitment to fund the Alliance In October 2014 when Canada s Governor General David Johnston CTT Inc s CEO John Jung and Eindhoven s Mayor van Gijzel participated in an Innovation Round table in the Hague it elevated the status of the collaboration to senior Dutch officials from government and the monarchy Shortly thereafter both Ambassadors visited the Waterloo Region to assess how the Alliance could be incorporated into the Royal Dutch Visit planned for May 2015 During the visit by King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima the Alliance received substantial media attention and raised community awareness by their majesties witnessing the re signing of the agreement by Canada s Technology Triangle Brainport Eindhoven and the Region of Waterloo In September 2014 Barrday a Cambridge Ontario high tech company that manufactures innovative fiber reinforcements prepregs laminates coating adhesives and core materials selected Brainport Region to address their growing customer base in Europe They will start with 5 employees and have grown to 20 In early 2015 both communities hired lead generators to identify companies on the cusp of international expansion that could be targeted for our respective locations Each community identified target industries and developed a list of deliverables with their consultants With generous Canadian government matching funding ICCI the three municipalities the University of Waterloo and the Region of Waterloo contributed to identifying low hanging fruit in R D collaboration and foreign direct investment opportunities in the southern Netherlands region Since then five companies have visited prospects Waterloo region two companies have landed in Waterloo Region and a list of leads have been generated for follow up both virtually and through continuous missions A late stage Waterloo Region startup Clearpath Robotics has benefited from this relationship by using the complementary softlanding possibilities at Eindhoven s High Tech Campus

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    its population was not born in NTPC and consists of a wildly diverse group of aboriginal Taiwanese immigrants from mainland China and other Taiwanese cities and residents from 120 countries Under Mayor Chu NTPC has worked to unify the new city and create a dynamic economy distinct from that of the capital Massive investments in transportation are creating highways and transit lines that ringing Taipei connect the city s 29 districts and more than 1 000 villages This is paralleled by communications deployment The NTPC government has collaborated with telecom and cable TV companies to make ADSL available to 99 of the population while speeds of up to 60 Mbps are available to 94 and 4G WiMax reaches 85 A network of 12 500 WiFi hotspots provide free service from locations throughout the city Taiwan is a land of industrial parks and NTPC s government has succeeded in attracting nearly US 10 billion of investment in eight developments focused on such growth areas as ICT digital media biotech green energy and logistics More than 3 000 precision manufacturers now represent an industry output exceeding US 30 billion Complementing this physical infrastructure of innovation the city has promoted the growth of

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