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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    leader around the world The Communications Age was invented in Canada 100 years ago now John Jung is continuing our country s leadership tradition by sparking global change John Jung will be participating in the i CANADA Summit in Toronto in early June where he will be hosting a meeting of mayors from communities that have been national leaders in ICF s Intelligent Community Awards Program Following the i CANADA Summit Mr Jung will be traveling to New York City for ICF s Annual Summit culminating with the announcement of the 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year on June 7 ICF s Lou Zacharilla co founder of the ICF noted All of us at ICF in New York and our Foundation members w orldwide are extremely proud of John This is a well deserved recognition by his home country for his vision his work and his tireless jaunts to every corner of our world to bring the Intelligent Community moveme nt and its hope for a better world to any place that simply believes in itself We constantly see examples of his ideas and labor in cities and communities that acknowledge ICF s influen ce on their success Robert Bell my fellow co founder and I offer o ur congratulations to our good friend About John Jung ICF co founder John G Jung originated the Intelligent Community concept and continues to serve as the Forum s leading visionary Formerly President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance and Calgary Economic Development Authority he is a registered professional urban planner urban designer and economic developer He leads regular international business missions to US European Asian Indian and Australian cities and originated the ICF Immersion Lab program John is a regular speaker at universities and conferences and serves as an advisor

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    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 as well as for 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 Corp offer graduate and undergraduate studies and foster a startup culture in the city The near death of the North American auto industry pushed unemployment in Stratford to 7 9 per cent as the city lost 1 600 mostly low skilled jobs in manufacturing But in that same era the city also gained 700 jobs requiring ICT skills and has recently seen the revival of the local automotive industry create a labor shortage for the higher skilled manufacturing jobs it retains For an economy in transition the business trends in Stratford offer validation that the city is on the right track Taichung City Taiwan When the city and county of Taichung merged in 2010 a huge metropolis uniting completely different economies was created The united Taichung included a major seaport city where 70 per cent of employees work in services and a rural county where only 50 per cent work in industry and agriculture is a significant source of income Yet 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 per cent 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 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 international markets To power this

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    the world s intelligent communities In October Toronto was named to ICF s 2013 list of Smart21 communities It is now in contention for the Top7 and the Intelligent Community of the Year award The Waterfront project creates Canada s first open access ultra high speed broadband community network that is 500 times faster than typical North American residential networks This will transform how residents and businesses in these areas will use telecommunications services and create a new sustainable hub of innovation and stimulate enduring economic growth for Toronto Toronto joins Kingston Stratford and Winnipeg as the four Canadian cities on the ICF s 2013 Smart21 list of communities Tomorrow January 23 ICF will cut that list down to the Top7 in the race to find the world s Intelligent Community of the Year Jung is co author of a new book along with ICF colleagues Robert Bell and Louis Zacharilla Seizing Our Destiny was released in October 2012 and profiles the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2012 There are lessons for every community techniques and strategies that can help a community be more competitive says Jung The book reveals a broad range of actions that can stimulate an economy for example a ten percent growth in broadband penetration adds one to three percent to a country s gross domestic product or how 80 per cent of GDP growth comes from the introduction of new technology Communities need to work on the complete package and include everything from quality of life to culture education and innovation At ICF we help cities to do that with research information and education services that can help energize and accelerate a community into the new economy Becoming an Intelligent Community means those communities are more likely to create good jobs and attract significant investment says

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    opportunities Zacharilla s presentation will highlight some steps cities like Oslo can implement in order to future proof themselves in the new broadband based economy For the first time ever human beings are capable of remaining at home and participating in a global economic and social experience says Zacharilla As the Nobel Prizes recognize outstanding achievements in disciplines such as medicine and literature plus the Peace Prize we also need to pay attention to strategies that will make our communities outstanding says Zarcharilla He is co author of a new book along with ICF colleagues Robert Bell and John Jung Seizing Our Destiny was released in October 2012 and profiles the world s Top 7 Intelligent Communities from the 2012 award program operated by ICF One of the success stories in the book is the community of Oulu Finland Oulu decided to embrace technology and diversify the city s economy In fact Oulu built a reputation as one of Europe s most innovative tech centers developing many firsts in the global technology industry In the past three years the city of 142 000 people created 7 000 new jobs Oulu also worked to develop a climate that fosters innovation and the creation of new companies 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 Scandinavian nations embrace the intelligent communities movement Oulu native and Finland s former Communications Minister Suvi Linden was named the ICF Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year for 2011 and

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    over and over in successful communities around the world says Jung One of the success stories tracked by the ICF is the community of Oulu Finland In 2012 it was chosen as one of the Top7 Intelligent Cities in the world Oulu decided to embrace technology and diversify the city s economy in fact Oulu built a reputation as one of Europe s most innovative tech centers developing many firsts in the global technology industry and in the past three years the city of 142 000 people created 7 000 new jobs Oulu also worked to develop a climate that fosters innovation and the creation of new companies Stockholm shares many characteristics with Oulu which is located only 200 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle so both cities experience long snowy winters and government plays a large role in the economic life of both cities The Oulu story is part of a new book co authored by Jung Entitled Seizing our Destiny and just released last month The book profiles the Top7 cities of 2012 and provides extensive analysis of the lessons for other communities For example a ten percent growth in broadband penetration adds one to three percent to a country s gross domestic product or how 80 per cent of GDP growth comes from the introduction of new technology or how 50 of productivity improvements in the private sector comes from the use of ICT The ICF provides the benchmarks that a community must focus on especially the five core criteria Broadband service A knowledge based workforce Digital inclusion Innovation and marketing Advocacy The ICF measures whether a community has the heart and the head to succeed All the world s communities are challenged to deal with the new economy where jobs investment and knowledge increasingly depend on

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    that has the skills needed for the broadband economy is a key element for any community that wants to build its economy and is one of the techniques we have seen used over and over in successful communities around the world says Jung Jung uses 12 cities to highlight each of the ICF s 12 steps to success In 2011 Jaipur Rajasthan in India was chosen one of the Smart21 communities In just 10 years Jaipur rose from nowhere to become one of the top contenders to draw high technology companies to the community Jaipur applied many of the techniques that have worked elsewhere including creating an atmosphere where entrepreneurs can flourish I am in India to help foster Intelligent Communities to help them recognize and respond to the impact of broadband The ICF provides the benchmarks that a community must focus on especially the core criteria of broadband a knowledge based workforce digital inclusion innovation plus marketing and advocacy says Jung The ICF measures whether a community has the heart and the head to succeed 80 per cent of GDP growth has been shown to come from the introduction of new technology and Intelligent Communities need to work on the complete package and include everything from quality of life to culture education and innovation We help cities to do that says Jung All the world s communities are challenged to deal with the new economy where jobs investment and knowledge increasingly depend on advances in communications ICF identifies and explains the new economy conducts research into best practices and celebrates the best of the world s Intelligent Communities through its annual awards program The three co founders of ICF John Jung Louis Zacharilla and Robert Bell have also co authored a new book just released in October of this

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    world Oulu decided to embrace technology and diversify the city s economy in fact Oulu built a reputation as one of Europe s most innovative tech centers developing many firsts in the global technology industry and in the past three years the city of 142 000 people created 7 000 new jobs Oulu also worked to develop a climate that fosters innovation and the creation of new companies Moscow shares many characteristics with Oulu which is located only 200 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle so both cities experience long snowy winters and government plays a large role in the economic life of both cities The Oulu story is part of a new book co authored by Jung and his ICF co founders Louis Zacharilla and Robert Bell Entitled Seizing our Destiny and to be released on October 21 2012 the book provides profiles of the Top7 cities of 2012 and extensive analysis of the lessons they provide to other communities In his Moscow presentation Jung draws on the success stories of a dozen intelligent cities to illustrate the key steps that other cities have taken and suggest Moscow take some of the same steps as the city moves into what Moscow s mayor describes as a new urban development and economic phase The new ICF book reveals a broad range of actions that can stimulate an economy for example a ten percent growth in broadband penetration adds one to three percent to a country s gross domestic product or how 80 per cent of GDP growth comes from the introduction of new technology or how 50 of productivity improvements in the private sector come from the use of ICT Communities need to work on the complete package and include everything from quality of life to culture education and innovation

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    the honest reality that pervades this work is a sign of confidence The authors are not mere reporters of some fashionable development trends The level of detail betrays a depth of knowledge garnered through years of research They have not only been there collected the tee shirt and worn it but have probed in depth how some communities around the world have risen above their challenges and transformed their economic and societal prospects David Brunnen Groupe Intellex England Brain Gain has placed effects of community investments in technology and broadband connectivity in the larger and proper context of innovation and economic development Every community interested in Gigabit fiber should make this book required reading to understand how to ensure that broadband investments actually have the anticipated impact they hope for Andrew Cohill Design Nine USA Brain Gain explores the most important issue facing cities today whether they are technology centers like Issy les Moulineaux or in the middle of agricultural lands The issue is how to attract and retain the talented people who provide the energy of the modern economy The lessons it offers based on the experience of leading cities around the world are of great value Mayor André

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