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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    them money and expand capacity but foster a wide range of innovation collaborations The vision impressed many regional leaders notable among them Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell Case Western and the city assembled a core group of institutions including NorTech an economic development organization focused on technology Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland State University the county library system the local Public Broadcasting System PBS affiliate and Cleveland s transit authority and school district These were the founding members of a public private partnership they called OneCleveland which was eventually renamed OneCommunity Under the leadership of its president Scot Rourke OneCommunity forged partnerships with the region s telephone and cable carriers under which the carriers donated unused fiber optic circuits to OneCommunity and OneCommunity contracted for last mile fiber and VPN services from the carriers To make the deal OneCommunity had to overcome resistance to the creation of what carriers at first viewed as a new competitor Fortunately Rourke and his team came from the venture capital industry which allowed them to talk the language of business plans and return on investment It also ensured OneCommunity began life with a sustainable business model Eventually they persuaded all parties of OneCommunity s essential value by helping the public and nonprofit sectors become better users of IT and telecom services OneCommunity would save them money while simultaneously boosting demand across the region And boost demand it did Lev Gonick reports that prior to OneCommunity Case Western was using about 40 megabits per second of capacity for all of its operations Within a few years of joining the OneCommunity network average demand had risen to 400 Mbps Since start up the OneCommunity network has expanded to connect more than 1 500 schools libraries governments hospitals and universities Its OneClassroom content and digital asset management system connects these users to world class content from the Cleveland Museum of Art Cleveland Orchestra PBS and other sources In 2006 07 the network hosted an 18 month program called Voices Choices which engaged tens of thousands of area leaders in Web enabled town meetings in order to educate people about the challenges facing the regional economy and obtain their input Voices Choices has led to a regional economic development plan called Advance Northeast Ohio which focuses on business growth and attraction talent development inclusion and government collaboration for greater efficiency Intensive Collaboration OneCommunity would be impressive just as a story of network deployment but it would not have achieved the potential that its creators envisioned Because OneCommunity s Board is made up of the leading governmental and nonprofit institutions of the region it became the hub of intensive collaboration Today the work of tech based economic development agency NorTech for example is complemented by Team NEO a joint venture of the largest metro chambers of commerce which works to attract business investment in targeted sectors Another nonprofit JumpStart provides venture capital to start up companies with high growth potential In 2006 it tied for ninth among the 100 most active

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    with long standing infrastructure problems including flooding Knowledge Squares Information and communications technology is at the heart of the transformation A central Operations Center was built by IBM in the aftermath of disastrous flooding in 2010 It has become the nerve center for city administration by displaying data from thousands of cameras and sensors and giving emergency managers a comprehensive view of problems and the resources available to deal with them The city also runs a high capacity fiber network Rio Digital linking 70 universities schools and research centers as well as city facilities But more profound has been the use of ICT to expand economic opportunity and make government better It has built Knowledge Squares in nearly 40 low income crime ridden neighborhoods These facilities offer classrooms labs digital libraries recreation areas and a cinema and provide young people and local communities with skills training in IT robots graphics Web design and video production The city has also built 32 Casa Rio Digital facilities in partnership with Cisco Intel and the Sequoia Foundation which have provided digital literacy training to 69 000 citizens How Information Improves Services The Rio Datamine is an open data system that makes available vast amounts of city information as well as powering a city hosted RioApps contest One RioApps winner was 26 year old computer engineer Andre Ikeda who used data on bus transit to create an app that put real time scheduling information into rider s hands The publicity and access to information created public pressure that led to sharp improvements in service Luck has played its part Rio is home to the national oil company Petrobras and the discovery of vast offshore fields has given a significant boost to the economy Rio is now receiving twice the foreign direct investment of Sao

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    the links below to learn more about each community 2016 Hsinchu County Taiwan Montreal Quebec Canada Muelheim an der Ruhr Germany New Taipei City Taiwan Surrey British Columbia Canada Whanganui New Zealand Winnipeg Manitoba Canada 2015 Arlington County Virginia United States Columbus Ohio Intelligent Community of the Year United States Ipswich Queensland Australia Mitchell South Dakota United States New Taipei City Taiwan Rio de Janeiro Brazil Surrey British Columbia Canada 2014 Arlington County Virginia United States Columbus Ohio United States Hsinchu City Taiwan Kingston Ontario Canada New Taipei City Taiwan Toronto Ontario Intelligent Community of the Year Canada Winnipeg Manitoba Canada 2013 Columbus Ohio United States Oulu Finland Stratford Ontario Canada Taichung City Intelligent Community of the Year Taiwan Tallinn Estonia Taoyuan County Taiwan Toronto Ontario Canada 2012 Austin Texas United States Oulu Finland Quebec City Quebec Canada Riverside California Intelligent Community of the Year United States Saint John New Brunswick Canada Stratford Ontario Canada Taichung City Taiwan 2011 Chattanooga Tennessee United States Dublin Ohio United States Eindhoven Intelligent Community of the Year Netherlands Issy les Moulineaux France Riverside California United States Stratford Ontario Canada Windsor Essex Ontario Canada 2010 Country Arlington County VA United States Dublin Ohio United States Dundee Scotland United Kingdom Eindhoven Netherlands Ottawa Ontario Canada Suwon Intelligent Community of the Year South Korea Tallinn Estonia 2009 Country Bristol Virginia United States Eindhoven Netherlands Fredericton New Brunswick Canada Issy les Moulineaux France Moncton New Brunswick Canada Stockholm Intelligent Community of the Year Sweden Tallinn Estonia 2008 Country Dundee Scotland United Kingdom Fredericton New Brunswick Canada Gangnam District Seoul Intelligent Community of the Year South Korea Northeast Ohio United States Tallinn Estonia Westchester New York United States Winston Salem North Carolina United States 2007 Country Dundee Scotland United Kingdom Gangnam District Seoul South Korea Issy les Moulineaux France

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    captures the power of this transformation During the hundred years from 1870 to 1970 the number of people living on more than US 1 per day adjusted for inflation grew by 157 million At the same time however the number living on less than 1 dollar a day also grew by 45 million That s not bad a net gain of over 100 million people who moved out of the most abject poverty But compare that to the decade from 1990 to 2000 The number of people living on more than 1 dollar a day grew by 890 million while the number living on less shrank by 139 million What made the difference The explosive growth of global networks that reduced costs boosted trade volumes and made us all more productive Global and Local Impact Using the broadband infrastructure companies began to look for opportunities to locate their facilities where they could gain the greatest advantage in terms of costs skills and access to markets The deployment of global broadband also made capital investment highly mobile Trillions of US dollars move around the globe weekly in pursuit of a competitive return and when trouble strikes a nation s economy that mobile capital can also flee at devastating speed For communities local economic success has come to depend on the global economy in ways never before imagined But while global business may be mobile communities are not Communities everywhere have the same goal to be a place where people can raise their children and give those young people enough economic opportunity to allow them to stay and raise children of their own In the Broadband Economy that task is more challenging than ever The Broadband Paradox Geographic location and natural resources were once the key determiners of a community s economic

    Original URL path: https://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=TheBroadbandEconomy&category=Research (2016-02-12)
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    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 Intelligent Community Success Factors In addition to its Intelligent Community Indicators ICF has identified factors that distinguish the most successful Intelligent Communities Collaboration The development of an Intelligent Community typically requires intense collaboration among government businesses universities and institutions Few organizations have enough resources political capital or public backing to drive a community wide transformation But collaboration is challenging It demands vision flexibility and a high degree of trust among the partners Intelligent Communities develop the vision find the flexibility and create trusting relationships among key constituencies Effective collaboration is typically the result of the working environment created by effective leaders Leadership It is fair to say that no Intelligent Community has succeeded without strong leadership Effective leaders identify challenges set priorities communicate a compelling vision and foster a sense of urgency in achieving it They establish a collaborative environment that encourages risk taking and creates win win relationships with partners in government businesses and institutions It matters little where leadership comes from In the Intelligent Communities that ICF has studied leadership has emerged from

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    If constituents believe that broadband is just about downloading music or playing online games they will not provide political support when it is needed But if they see broadband as a path to prosperity and greater citizen participation it will be quite a different story Once communities know what they want to do and why they take different paths to get there The Intelligent Community Forum has identified five approaches taken by the communities we have studied 1 Development Policy Remaining safely within the bounds of tradition governments direct the usual tools of development policy at broadband deployment They set broadband friendly building codes They conduct inventories of existing broadband networks and access points They offer tax credits and craft rights of way policies to support network development 2 Networks for Government Local and regional governments are big users of communications and they are generally as free as any business to build private networks for their own use To reduce costs and gain new capabilities they construct a fiber or coaxial network linking all government offices schools libraries hospitals and other public facilities By making these investments in networks and services governments become a vital anchor tenant for broadband and stimulate demand for broadband services 3 Public Private Partnerships In other cases government sets its sights on building a public access network from the start but chooses not to build own or operate it Public private partnerships take many forms limited only by the imagination and legal framework in which the municipality operates Some communities issue municipal bonds to fund construction of a network which they lease to private carriers with the lease payments covering the debt service Others create nonprofit organizations to develop networks in collaboration with private carriers or provide seed investment to jumpstart construction of networks that

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    the 20th Century and first decade of the 21st we have seen Drucker s prediction come true Today all desirable jobs in industrialized economies and increasingly in developing economies as well require a higher component of knowledge than they did in the past It is by applying knowledge and specialized skills that employees add enough value to what they do to justify the cost of employing them In the future any employee whose value added does not exceed his or her salary cost can expect to be replaced sooner or later by software or hardware A continuous improvement in an evolving range of skills is the only route to personal prosperity What Communities Can Do Intelligent Communities exhibit the determination and demonstrated ability to develop a workforce qualified to perform knowledge work from the factory floor to the research lab and from the construction site to the call center or corporate headquarters What are the tools available to a community to do this work It is generally accepted that the opportunity to create healthy and productive citizens begins in infancy and continues throughout our lives ranging from pre school programs to secondary school technical colleges to graduate schools Local governments control only some of these assets so it must seek opportunities to collaborate with many levels of government business and institutions It may have to work with partners outside the region as well and provide them with motivation to bring educational assets from enrichment programs to satellite campuses into the community The final piece of the puzzle is the last mile from graduation into employment In Intelligent Communities local government works closely with schools and employers to give students first hand experience of career opportunities and develop specialized courses to prepare students for careers in the community s leading and

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    improve service to citizens while reducing operating costs Building Innovation Capacity Creating attracting and retaining knowledge workers are the most important steps a community can take to raise its innovation rate Unlike traditional business as most of us conceive it an innovative business is all about people In addition to building a knowledge workforce Intelligent Communities focus on building the local capacity to innovate rather than achieving a few big wins in the business attraction game Sustainable economic growth is no longer built on attracting the manufacturing facilities R D labs or distribution hubs of the world s biggest companies Why Because the world s biggest companies are not net creators of jobs They have been shrinking in terms of total employment for decade Where do you look instead for local income growth To new companies In the 20 years between 1980 and 2000 all of the net growth in American employment came from firms younger than five years old The US offers one of the world s friendliest economies for start ups but the same trend is visible throughout the industrialized world according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Most small companies are not fast growing But a percentage of small businesses are what MIT researcher David Birch termed gazelles nimble aggressive start ups with big ambitions hungry for the resources needed to achieve them Successful gazelles throughout the industrialized nations create the income growth on which the rest of the local economy feeds To empower them communities should work to Reduce the bureaucratic load If your nation state or province makes it difficult to start a business as so many of them do find out what your community can do to make it easier Provide potential entrepreneurs with advice help them with paperwork even represent them

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