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    high percentage of skilled workers bringing home above average disposable income A recent wave of new property investment has gentrified its heritage streetscape and attracted new retailers and businesses without overinflating housing prices But the headline numbers hide concerns typical of Australian suburbs As a bedroom community it sends most of its skilled workers to Adelaide to earn their living which stunts its own potential for growth Its telecommunications infrastructure consists of copper wire so aged that one technician told Council that residents are lucky to be getting telephone calls let alone use broadband Prospect s activist Council has gained national attention by attacking these problems from multiple directions It successfully lobbied national government to make the city a Stage Two deployment site for the National Broadband Network which will replace the copper infrastructure with optical fiber Network construction began in August 2012 toward completion in 2014 Like most infrastructure projects however the NBN is behind schedule and the recent change in Australia s government may lead to further delays In the meantime Council separately chose to fund a fiber network to connect all government sites and has persuaded private sector carriers to in fill their wireless networks to eliminate holes in coverage While it waits impatiently for network activation Prospect is investing grant funding in projects to create a local digital economy The city is delivering digital training to hundreds of individuals and local businesses Much of this takes place at the Digital Hub a demonstration facility completed in 2013 that showcases home and business technologies made possible by high quality broadband Another grant has gone into developing e government applications including videoconferencing of Council sessions and a mobile ready Web portal for citizen interactions with local government More than half of Prospect s small businesses are home based

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    parks sandy beaches quaint villages and marine reserves Its natural bounty and busy regional airport have made it a highly desirable tourist and retirement destination They have also granted Coffs Harbour less desirable gifts a population that skews older than the Australian average and an economy dominated by healthcare social assistance and seasonal accommodation food services and retailing As a result the city has a markedly smaller proportion of high income households and higher proportion of low income households than the Australian average In 2009 the Council established a 2030 Strategic Plan based on yearlong community consultation to create a more vibrant future for this city on the sea More than a decade earlier Nineties Council made the decision to invest in a fiber optic network to connect all governmental facilities This proved persuasive to the national government which named Coffs Harbour as one of 19 second wave deployment zones for the National Broadband Network Service to the first 2 600 homes was switched on in February of 2013 To prepare Coffs Harbour for a broadband future the community launched a Digital Enterprise program to train local businesses and institutions in digital technologies It launched pilot programs in telemedicine with

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    decade of the 21st Century was a good one in Quebec City Home to the Quebec provincial government as well as thriving technology research and creative sectors the city region achieved one of the highest GDP growth rates in Canada 24 while unemployment fell from 9 in 2000 to 4 9 in 2013 and 73 000 jobs were created Economic success was the product of business government university collaboration that stretched back into the Nineties including a 1997 high tech business summit leading to creation of a downtown tech district a 1998 economic diversification strategy and the birth in 2003 of a regional economic development agency Progress received a push forward from the 2002 amalgamation of 12 municipalities into an expanded City Today seven industries including life sciences ICT value added materials transportation equipment financial services energy and tourism generate 44 of the region s 325bn in GDP In the century s second decade Quebec City is challenged to head off growing labor shortages in these fields and to boost the rate of commercialization of the innovations emerging from public and private R D spending It has also targeted the digital divide that affects almost one in five residents To build its skilled labor force Quebec City and financial partners are investing over 4 million in such initiatives as It s Cool to Stay in School which encourages students to finish high school and explore science and technology careers Young people are exposed to companies workshops internships and mentoring to motivate their involvement in the digital economy The Quebec International agency provides online marketing to potential immigrants and programs that facilitate their application for residency and integration into the economy City government supports technology entrepreneurship with scholarship programs a public private crowdfunding initiative and innovation events that involve startups and

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    is the home of two multi billion dollar institutions Ohio State University OSU one of America s largest research universities and Battelle the world s biggest private research institute Fifteen of America s largest companies make their home there as do award winning museums science centers and libraries Multiple commercial broadband providers serve the metropolitan area and public sector networks provide government and academia with even more advanced capabilities But OSU lags nearly all of its peers in commercialization income and patents per research dollar The city has a large low income population stranded by the decline of manufacturing employment and ranks 46th out of the 50 largest American cities for upward social mobility Per capita income has declined over the past decade and unemployment while below the US average is a fact of life for too many citizens while companies struggle to find properly qualified workers to fill open positions Attacking these challenges through broad and deep collaboration has been the priority of Mayor Michael Coleman Programs include the Columbus Partnership an association of the CEOs of the city s largest organizations It develops strategy and engages stakeholders in civic improvement projects from downtown development to education and healthcare Another partnership TechColumbus offers startup acceleration business mentoring seed funding and capital attraction OSU has moved to address its weakness in commercialization with a US 35 million venture fund raised jointly with Ohio University to turn research successes into new companies The city has worked to fight poverty and exclusion with programs including Capital Kids which provides after school digital literacy programs for students K 12 and APPS which works to give at risk youth positive alternatives to being on the street The public schools community colleges and universities of Columbus collaborate actively to increase access to STEM education and

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    is hurtling toward the hosting of the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016 Preparation for the games has turned much of the city into a construction site but has also created immense opportunities to rethink and reshape the city physically digitally and in human terms The Port of Rio is undergoing massive renovation while new transit systems are being constructed highways moved and a mountain ridge that bisects the city is being completely removed This effort will not only prepare the city for the immense crowds of sports fans but it is hoped help to reverse decades of decline in the city s GDP The digital vision focuses on transforming Rio into a knowledge city The Community Network for Education and Research Redecomep connects city facilities and more than 80 research and education facilities with gigabit circuits Among the facilities are Knowledge Squares digital inclusion hubs composed of classrooms labs digital libraries and cinemas targeting young people and local communities The Squares provide community building activities and education on topics from IT and robotics to Web design and video production to equip more cariocas as Rio s residents are known with marketable skills These facilities are supplemented by Casa Rio Digital which offers both online and classroom training and a Forsoft program that trains young people in computer software and networks To market digital participation the city has sponsored a Rio Ideias challenge to gather ideas from the public on improving the city and Rio Apps in which applicants compete to execute the Rio Ideias In April 2010 Rio was deluged with heavy rains that caused widespread flooding Rio responded by creating an Emergency Operations Center to integrate data and decision making for all public services In addition to coordinating emergency response the Center monitors transportation

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    of Heraklion But that growth has taken place against a backdrop of severe economic distress The economic crisis that began in 2008 has forced layoffs of employees and business closings Heraklion s economy is dominated by tourism which has seen declines from economic ills across Europe and social unrest by austerity battered Greeks As a result Crete s unemployment rate in 2012 was the lowest in Greece but still topped 20 To battle this scourge Heraklion s government and Chamber of Commerce have stepped up Intelligent Community developments efforts launched in past years to a new level Heraklion is home to the University of Crete s School of Sciences and School of Health as well as the Technological Educational Institute of Crete Entrepreneurial graduates from these institutions can find a home in the Science and Technology Park of Crete which provides incubating facilities and services to high tech companies and institutions In 2013 the city Chamber of Commerce and educational institutions formed a Smart Cities Committee to intensify their collaboration and develop new programs to leverage these assets for growth Greece has trailed much of the EU in Internet deployment and adoption But the Heraklion campus of the University of Crete has driven an aggressive education program to spur adoption while the city has granted four competitive carriers the right to build networks As a result broadband is available to almost 100 of residents and Internet penetration has risen to 50 for households and 74 for businesses Two free use Internet cafes serve the digitally excluded population while six training centers offer free seminars on digital skills and the city s network of free Wi Fi hotspots has expanded to nearly 140 To further drive adoption and support business growth the city has also focused on applications Its city portal

    Original URL path: http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&refno=1108&category=Community&prid=1108 (2016-02-12)
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    9 2014 9 00 am With a sub tropical climate beautiful beaches and scenic mountains the Sunshine Coast region would seem to have it all Those assets however are both a blessing and a curse Sunshine Coast s economy has evolved to take maximum advantage of them with its largest industries being tourism retail and construction But the Great Recession while largely leaving Australia untouched has exposed the underlying fragility of this economic model as tourism declined and unemployment climbed The Council of Sunshine Coast is working to build a more diverse economy better suited for sustainable prosperity and is beginning to see results It was in the mid 1990s that successful lobbying of state government led to the founding of a university By 1999 the Council state government and the university had founded the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast to help incubate startups emerging from the university s programs Meanwhile a 2 year institution introduced a wide range of courses for the creative industries as well as sustainability and conservation practices and programs like Get Up to Speed and The Creative Collective helped hundreds of local businesses improve their digital skills Those skills are needed because Sunshine Coast in partnership with other Councils the university and private sector carriers won Federal funding to expand fiber optic and WiMAX broadband service to 75 of the urban area and attracted many millions of dollars in additional private investment The National Broadband Network has now committed to deliver fiber broadband to 25 sites covering two thirds of Sunshine Coast s urban areas Since its founding the Innovation Centre has assisted the startup and growth of 108 businesses which have created more than 400 jobs and helped raise A 28 million in investment Council has published a draft 20 year economic development strategy that

    Original URL path: http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&refno=1130&category=Community&prid=1130 (2016-02-12)
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    Hsinchu City as a means to create a domestic high tech industry Today the 500 companies in Hsinchu Science Park employ 150 000 people and generate US 16 6 billion in total revenue More than 10 percent of those companies are spin outs from one of Hsinchu s many universities and research institutes The 2008 09 financial crisis hit the Park hard as demand slackened for the semiconductors its companies produced Leading companies like TSMC UMS Acer and Chimei Innolux shifted investment into higher value products and services the integrated circuit design business grew 9 percent from 2008 to 2009 These steps led to employment growth of 11 and production growth of 25 from 2006 to 2011 leaving Hsinchu with a 2012 unemployment rate of just 4 2 percent Today under Mayor Hsu Ming Tsai the city s challenge is to translate economic success into civic success to make Hsinchu City a sustainable Intelligent Community with a high quality of life where innovation is a part of people s daily lives Government and business are pursuing the goal on multiple fronts Global Mobile Corp the dominant wireless provider has extended 4G wireless to 97 of the city while Chungwha Telecom has made 100 Mbps fiber service available to 64 of residents as part of the national M Taiwan program Digital education has gone mainstream The city was the first in Taiwan to implement e learning platforms the e Book Schoolbag and e Book Reader which now reach nearly 60 schools A new cloud based English teaching platform was launched in 2012 to help students learn the international language of business in school and at home Hsinchu City government has put a smart card into the hands of 120 000 residents that lets them take the bus pay parking fees borrow

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