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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    the digital age Bell s analysis shows the 11 MIRC test communities made substantial progress The five ICF indicators are broadband service training workers in digital skills digital inclusion of everyone in the community support for innovation and marketing the community to the rest of the world On average rural communities improved their capabilities across these five indicators by 9 49 The MIRC project also revealed that for the 250 000 rural Minnesotans in the 11 MIRC communities broadband penetration that is the percentage of total Internet service that is high speed rose almost 15 faster than the rest of rural Minnesota Over two years the number of new subscribers signing up to use broadband services in the MIRC communities increased by up to 60 more than in the rest of rural Minnesota Rural towns cities and counties stand at the threshold of the broadband economy said Bell who worked with the communities to evaluate their broadband readiness and performance They already have the sense of place their residents treasure Through broadband services they have the chance to add the richness and complexity of life that their urban neighbors have long enjoyed The MIRC project was funded through a 4 8 million Broadband Technology Opportunity Program BTOP grant through the U S Department of Commerce and 1 8 million in MIRC partner matches Blandin Foundation administered the grant on behalf of the initiative partners Bell says the study enabled the ICF to modify its five indicators so any rural community can focus on attainable goals and measure improvements to the five indicators Data from the MIRC project also integrates with the ICF s new Rural Imperative that will create strategies and programs for rural communities showing them how to use Information and Communications Technology ICT to meet the rural challenges

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    goes to the next level and becomes a great cultural center added Mr Zacharilla With its dozens of technology parks incubators and universities all working together and with urban and rural populations attempting to function as one this city is a model of what can be done when a community decides to think of itself as a canvas and creates an inspiring work in progress ICF also honored Mike Lazaridis co founder of BlackBerry and Managing Partner of Quantum Valley Investments as its Visionary of the Year ICF selected Mr Lazaridis as the creator of the technology that made secure real time push email communications possible on wireless devices for the first time a breakthrough that opened the door to the mobile devices that are fast becoming the world s first choice for access to the Broadband Economy The award also recognizes a lifetime of innovative contribution to his community of Waterloo Ontario Canada ICF s 2007 Intelligent Community of the Year Also honored was Dublin Ohio s Dana McDaniel the recipient of ICF s third ever Lifetime Achievement Award The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by ICF s founders to those who quietly and tirelessly dedicate their careers to improving their communities in ways that exemplify the global Intelligent Community movement Currently serving as Dublin s Deputy City Manager and Director of Economic Development McDaniel has dedicated over 20 years of service to his community leading innovative projects such as deploying a fiber optic network called Dublink a critical part of Dublin s economic development The awards are presented by ICF an independent think tank as part of its annual Summit The conference was attended by nearly 250 thought leaders from around the world including all of the world s 2013 Top7 Intelligent Communities The event was produced in association with New York University s Polytechnic Institute and was co hosted by Trend Media City Mayors city managers CIOs and executives of leading technology companies from around the world as well as academics and urban planners are part of the Intelligent Community movement and participated in the three day Summit www icfsummit com Intelligent Community of the Year Taichung City Taiwan Taichung with a population of 2 7 million of whom 1 3 million live in its metropolitan area is a city with great ambition 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

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    name of the world s 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year Video of the announcement will be available on the ICF Web site later on the afternoon of June 7 Speakers at the Summit include Mike Lazaridis Founder of Blackberry and Managing Partner of Quantum Valley Investments will speak at the Awards Luncheon on Friday June 7 and accept the 2013 Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year Award More on Mike Lazaridis Uzo Udemba Founder and CEO of The Udemba Group will speak at the June 5 Alumni Dinner The Udemba Group is a Nigerian Holding Company working in engineering technology media entertainment as well as developing an Intelligent City in Lagos Nigeria Mayor Michael Coleman of Columbus Ohio the only U S city in the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2013 will be participating in a conversation with ICF co founder Robert A Bell on June 6th regarding his city s economic success Other VIPs include Dana McDaniel Deputy City Manager of Dublin Ohio USA will receive ICF s third ever Lifetime Achievement Award at the Awards Luncheon on June 7 at Steiner Film Studios Andrew Buss Director of Innovation Management Office of Innovation Technology City of Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA will speak at the ICF Master Class discussion of ICF strategies on June 5 Representatives from each of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2013 will be available For the full list of featured speakers click here Key Events The Intelligent Community of the Year Luncheon June 7 12 30pm 2 30pm at Steiner Studios Stage Six Brooklyn Navy Yard Redevelopment Brooklyn The Master Class June 5 9 00am 5 00pm at the offices of Hunton Williams in the MetLife Building between 44th and 45th Streets on Park Avenue adjacent to Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan The Intelligent Communities Reception

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    center a program that has averaged nearly 20 new start up companies per year since 2007 His ability to position Dublin as a city with a high quality of life and access to a robust communications and social infrastructure has helped attract or retain 12 800 jobs in a city of just 41 000 I am honored and humbled to receive such recognition by the ICF co founders who I greatly admire and respect McDaniel said In Dublin Ohio we share the ICF s passion to advance the quality of life and competitiveness of knowledge communities around the globe As one of the Broadband Economy architects of DubLink a crowning achievement among so many others Dana McDaniel extended Dublin s connectivity and its influence throughout the region said ICF co founder Lou Zacharilla Over a remarkable career he has carried out his duties and succeeded beyond all expectations with extraordinary humility We are in awe of his accomplishments He is someone from whom ICF learns daily McDaniel created DubLink through public private initiatives while avoiding backlash from the local incumbent telecommunications and cable operators a testament to his ability to collaborate DubLink had the effect of maintaining downward pressure on pricing for services which in turn continues to stimulate significant economic activity After DubLink he helped create a 24 square mile WiFi network which continues to expand and then he co founded the Central Ohio Research Network CORN in partnership with the Ohio Academic Research Network and the Ohio Supercomputer Center During McDaniel s 25 year tenure with the city Dublin has received multiple national and international awards The city was named Best Small City for Startups by Business Week and Best Small City for small businesses by Fox Business News Dublin was designated a four time Smart21 Community and a global Top7 Intelligent Community twice by ICF both times against stiff competition from some of the world s largest most ambitious cities McDaniel also serves on the Franklin County Emergency Management Homeland Security Executive Committee the Franklin County Public Health Board and the Dublin Methodist Hospital Foundation Board The Ohio Health hospital is America s first paperless facility of its size and kind He further serves his community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Board of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University In 2011 he received the school s Public Affairs Outstanding Alumni honor from United States Senator John Glenn the first American to orbit the earth McDaniel earned his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration at Miami University in Oxford Ohio He has a Master s in Public Administration from The Ohio State University and a Master s of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College He will accept his award at ICF s annual awards luncheon at Abigail Kirsch Stage Six at the Steiner Studios in Brooklyn NY beginning at noon on June 7 Interview requests for McDaniel before his award ceremony can be directed

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    of Information and Communications Technology ICT for economic and social development This work led ICF to examine the unique challenges of low density and lack of scale that shape rural economies while considering ways to build on strengths including a high quality of life strong social networks and rich cultures Cities are where commerce and culture thrive offer efficiencies of housing and transportation and where the so called creative class sips its skinny lattes But extreme urbanization has a darker side from the unbreathable air in Beijing to the water crisis in Los Angeles says Robert Bell the ICF co founder who leads the research effort of the Rural Imperative for the organization It begs the question if over 70 of the world s nine billion people are jammed into mega cities by 2050 would everyone really want to live in one Rural communities provide the ecosystem that gives cities life yet on a global basis they are suffering population and economic losses states Bell We don t believe rural communities have to accept this as the status quo Inventive applications of ICT technologies can bring new prosperity and offer urban dwellers an opportunity to return to their rural roots or form new roots in places of their choice outside of dense cities while stopping the steady exodus of people to urban areas Added ICF co founder Louis Zacharilla This is not a romantic attempt to keep people down on the farm technology has made this unnecessary It is however a way to make the fields of choice wider using technology and innovative social development Through the Rural Imperative ICF will devote effort to create model strategies and programs that use ICT to meet the challenges unique to rural communities From these strategies and programs ICF will distill best practices

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    150 countries For the first time in human history people are able to live anywhere they wish and at the same time participate in the global economy thanks to communications networks As a board member of the Metro New York Library Council I know that libraries play a crucial role in the information age They are also an important part of the strategies employed by ICF Intelligent Communities says Zacharilla The Intelligent Community Forum studies and promotes the best practices of the world s Intelligent Communities as they adapt to the demands and seize the opportunities presented by information and communications technology ICT Libraries drive economic development whether it is supporting entrepreneurs in Vietnam providing vital health information in Nepal and Kenya or helping citizens to be engaged informed and involved in Honduras and Romania The 21st century library is no longer just about books or solely a place for kids A 2012 survey of more than 7 000 libraries in the U S revealed their changing role The key services from libraries now include computer training electronic job search skills how to access online databases how to deal with e government and in 62 1 per cent of communities libraries are the only source of free public access to computers Historically library usage has increased during economic downturns The use of services such as computer workstations and technology training increased 30 to 70 per cent between 2011 and 2012 The U S survey revealed that communities have come to rely more heavily on libraries as Internet access centers In a keynote address at the start of the IFLA Presidential Meeting on March 6 Zacharilla will address librarians from around the globe about the rise of the Intelligent Community how ICT has eliminated the concept of being in the middle of nowhere and how libraries can enable a brain gain in their own community Using ICF strategies a growing number of communities have found their way back to economic prosperity after being given up for dead The stakes are extremely high for the smaller communities and cities to get it right and to harvest their natural and embedded intelligence says Zacharilla Zacharilla is co author of a new book along with ICF colleagues Robert Bell and John Jung Seizing Our Destiny was released in 2012 and profiles the world s Top 7 Intelligent Communities from the 2012 award program operated by ICF Seizing Our Destiny reveals a broad range of successful actions that stimulate an economy For example A 10 per cent growth in broadband penetration adds 1 3 per cent to a country s gross domestic product 80 per cent of GDP growth comes from the introduction of new technology 50 per cent of productivity improvements in the private sector come from the use of ICT The IFLA meetings take place on the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM The campus is home to Mexico s Central Library as well as the National Library of Mexico

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    creating safer more creative environments says Zacharilla Expand broadband connectivity Broadband has been the fastest growing communications technology in history and spawned the fastest adoption of modern technologies from smartphones to social networks Yet not everyone everywhere has benefited equally Urban areas high income neighborhoods and wealthy business districts are well served but because of deployment cost rural regions and low income markets remain at the bottom of the priority list and thus are often at the bottom of the list for job creation and general prosperity Broadband friendly local building codes municipal tax credits to support network development public private partnerships and direct community based funding for broadband if no private partners exist are some of the ways Intelligent Communities activate infrastructure for bandwidth based 21st century jobs Train and retain a knowledge based workforce 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 and those jobs can pay up to five times more Intelligent Communities can do two things to create a culture for knowledge work 1 Make a wide range of educational offerings available and actively connect educational buyers and sellers and ensure that education reaches not only those who can afford it but also those who need it most 2 Create new educational institutions and services from computer labs to public Internet kiosks teacher training programs to online learning tools so that even small and remote communities become highly competitive in the global battle for talent Insist on digital inclusion As broadband deploys widely through a community there is serious risk that it will worsen the exclusion of people who already play a peripheral role in the economy and society whether due to poverty lack of skills prejudice or geography Intelligent Communities typically respond by providing free access to computers and connections at public sites like libraries and community centers as well as by subsidizing computers and connectivity for target groups And because computer and broadband connection are useless without the right skills ranging from basic literacy to keyboarding intelligent communities provide training programs for every age group in schools libraries community centers and special purpose facilities Support creativity and innovation 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 In the 20 years between 1980 and 2000 all of the net growth in American employment came from firms younger than five years old To attract them Intelligent Communities provide potential entrepreneurs with advice help them with paperwork even represent them before the various licensing and regulatory agencies They also convince local universities and technical schools to help entrepreneurs license technology on straightforward terms and develop progressive intellectual property policies Intelligent Communities that make it easier and faster to start and grow a business than its neighbors enjoy a serious competitive

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    Brainport Eindhoven Region in the Netherlands we strongly believe that collaboration open innovation and combining creativity with technological findings are the values that will lead us to new solutions As Albert Einstein once said We can t solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used creating them The ICF is a connector it is of most importance to strengthen the bond between intelligent communities throughout the world Collaboration between the current and the future members of the ICF Foundation will have a positive spin off not only for the regions themselves but for the rest of the world The ICF Foundation is the nonprofit association of the Intelligent Community Forum Its members are the communities honored by the Forum s international awards program as Intelligent Communities which use information and communications technology to grow prosperous inclusive sustainable economies The global network created by the ICFF communities boosts their economic competitiveness social health and cultural strength through close and effective collaboration On behalf of the ICF and the entire Alumni of Intelligent Communities around the world as well as the ICFF membership I would like to thank City of Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran for her inaugural Chairmanship of the ICFF over the past two years I would also like to welcome the incoming Chairman Eindhoven Mayor Rob van Gijzel who championed Brainport s rise to the Intelligent Community of the Year in 2011 I am certain with Mayor Gijzel s leadership ICFF will move to the next level as it continues to gain members and raise greater awareness of the importance of the Intelligent Community movement in helping to create the best communities for its citizens the world over said ICF Co founder John Jung The ICF is also pleased to announce that past Chairs and Presidents will stay

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