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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    make a forecast and want to make certain it is dead wrong there is one guaranteed method take a trend from today and draw it out for five or ten years in a straight line Societies cultures and communities adapt The high rate of technology change today may be challenging that adaptability but the story is far from over Job polarization is clearly happening but is it a crisis The slow decline in middle skilled knowledge based jobs those that do not require a physical presence in a particular location is inevitable It was inevitable in manufacturing as soon as the first automated machinery was put into place which is why those Luddites in 19th Century England who destroyed automated looms knew just what they were doing though they did not do themselves any good As the Industrial Revolution continues in digital form we are increasingly capable of automating jobs that require not just a strong back but a bit of knowledge and judgment as well So we are doing it We may well want government to have a policy response but the best that laws and regulations can do is to cushion change while job markets adapt There is another change however that has gone little noticed until recently but which is every bit as profound We have come to expect more from our businesses without noticing the ramifications it has on the skill sets needed to perform these jobs We want goods and services faster at cost effective prices and with improved customer service Today s delivery person confirms orders and shipments of goods using a tablet the shelf stocker no longer places stickers on products but rather uses a complex personal digital assistant device to control stock supplies and your local coffee shop barista not only serves your coffee but is also expected to troubleshoot the WiFi These new responsibilities are no longer the exceptions but rather the rule The direct result of companies keeping pace with technological advancements has meant that positions previously requiring low skills now demand solid digital skills the ability to access use and interpret digital information in the workplace In this view the really big change is not our increasing ability to automate away routine middle skill jobs The really big change is in those non routine manual menial occupations that are traditionally considered low skilled The authors of a report called Menial is Menial No More put it this way in the past for entry level jobs in the hospitality industry workers only needed to show up at a hotel seeking work and as long as they were responsible and reliable they were fit for the job Today workers must independently complete an online application process before they are even considered for an interview At one hotel chain all staff must pass an online customer service course while another chain requires all cleaning staff to operate a PDA Today s job polarization studies forecast that high skilled positions will see most

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    the analysis of entries in the annual Intelligent Community Awards program Robert developed and delivers Intelligent Community Master Classes Community Accelerator and Advisory Services He is also the author of the Intelligent Community Forum s founding study Benchmarking the Intelligent Community and compiled key data in the multi year study Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities Program Robert has contributed articles to and been interviewed by leading media outlets around the world Louis Zacharilla is a co founder of the Intelligent Community movement and has been contributing author on three books with his fellow co founders He is the developer of the Intelligent Community Forum s Annual Awards Program including Intelligent Community of the Year He communicates the importance of developing Intelligent Communities at speaking events ranging from the Nobel Prize in Norway to Harvard University lectures and major conferences around the world Louis also oversees the global research Institutes of the Intelligent Community Forum He appears is regularly sought out by global media outlets to discuss the impact of broadband and communications technologies on the renaissance of the world s most Intelligent Communities John G Jung originated the Intelligent Community concept 20 years ago and as a co founder continues to

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    formed which later became the Investment Promotion Bureau under the Ministry of Economic Affairs The bureau saw the need for local governments to join in the efforts in the improvement of the overall investment climate environment in its administrative regions so that private investors can acquire resources to help them grow Thus under the strong support of Dr K T Li at U S Aid Program Committee the Taichung industrial Development and Investment Promotion Committee was formally established on Sept 8 1960 with its services mainly concentrated in the industrial manufacturing area Later in 2002 owing to the strong and fast development of service industry in Taichung and also some other cities the Economic Affairs Ministry decided to expand the service of the IDIPC to cover the service industry sector and thus became the Industrial and Commercial Development Investment Promotion Committee Then in 2011 due to the merge of the Taichung City and County the two separate IDIPC of Taichung City and Taichung County also merged to be one united office with 2 branches to continue its much needed and welcome services to small and medium sized businesses and enterprises mainly and promotion and improvement of the city s overall investment climate and conditions until this date BusinessOulu takes pride in the services offered to encourage and support entrepreneurs in the Oulu region in Finland BusinessOulu offers entrepreneurs an advanced high tech ecosystem as a foundation for new ventures The outlook for the economy and entrepreneurship in Northern Scandinavia and the Barents region is very positive The most significant investments are currently being made in Northern Finland Increased investment in construction mining logistics energy industry tourism and the creative sector and many other industry sectors have contributed to a stable economy BusinessOulu is responsible for implementing the City of Oulu s economic development policies providing companies with development services according to the principles outlined by the City Council and City Board The Oulu region has 250 000 inhabitants with an average age of 34 5 which makes it the youngest region in Finland BusinessOulu promotes the growth of regional companies and implements the international business marketing plan for Oulu the Capital of Northern Scandinavia The City of Stratford is a community of 32 000 people that has always been the living embodiment of its motto Industry and Arts as manufacturing and tourism have always formed the basis of the City s economy The Stratford Festival has been a vital part of Stratford s economic and cultural landscape since its inaugural season in 1953 and has shaped the City into what it is today In recent years Stratford has diversified its economy by attracting digital media industries Assets include a 60 kilometre buried fibre optic cable network that offers 1 gigabyte per second connections to 125 locations along with a 300 hub Wi Fi network This investment in broadband connectivity has enabled two of Canada s major financial institutions to locate their IT and Data facilities in Stratford In 2010 University

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    University campus in North Canton Ohio increases student opportunities for international literacy enhances understanding of sustainable community building and encourages creative social and business practices in the greater community The Lee Ming Construction Company provides civil engineering design paint project contracting business and gravel building materials and hardware trading It serve private and public sector customers throughout Taiwan On any given day every moment matters to someone somewhere And every moment Motorola Solutions innovations products and services play essential roles in people s lives We help firefighters see around buildings and police officers see around street corners We make supply chains visible to retailers and entire power grids visible to utility workers We provide the situational awareness first responders need when a moment brings catastrophe And we help companies deliver shipments at the moment they re promised We do this by connecting them to seamless communication networks applications and services by providing them with real time information and by arming them with intuitive nearly indestructible handheld devices Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission critical communication products solutions and services for government and enterprise customers Through leading edge innovation and communications technology it s a global leader that enables its customers to be their best in the moments that matter Oulun Energia together with its subsidiaries provides high standard and reliable energy services primarily in Northern Finland It engages in the generation transmission distribution and sales of electricity and district heat and provides energy related construction and maintenance services in an effective environmentally friendly and competitive way Northern energy is produced close to Oulun Energia s customers at low cost in a reliable and sustainable way In power plants owned by Oulun Energia local energy resources peat wood water and wind turn into power and heat to be transmitted through its own distribution and regional networks Since 1889 Oulun Energia has contributed to the well being of people in the Northern areas and prosperity to the region s enterprises Its headquarters are in Oulu Finland and it is owned by the City of Oulu Established in 1895 Riverside Public Utilities RPU is a consumer owned water and electric utility that provides high quality reliable services to over 106 000 metered electric customers and 63 000 metered water customers throughout the City of Riverside California Governed by a Board of nine community volunteers RPU maintains some of the lowest water and electric rates in Southern California and is proud to offer its customers a variety of innovative programs that provide valuable rebates and services designed to increase water and energy conservation and help promote a thriving community in which to live and work From installing the world s first in pipe hydroelectric turbine to planting more than 114 000 shade trees to providing rebates for the installation of more than 430 solar systems citywide that produce nearly 5 megawatts of clean energy the Utility is committed to the increased use of renewable energy resources and sustainable living practices RPU remains

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    Analysts Programs Community Accelerator Centers of Excellence Annual Summit ICF Institutes ICF Nations Rural Imperative Speakers News Blog Visionary Voices Video Press Releases Press Coverage Event Calendar Publications Brain Gain Seizing Our Destiny BroadbandEconomies Future 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 Login for Website Intelligent Community Forum ICF User ID Password

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    The Top7 Intelligent Comm of the Year Founders Awards IC Visionary The Analysts Programs Community Accelerator Centers of Excellence Annual Summit ICF Institutes ICF Nations Rural Imperative Speakers News Blog Visionary Voices Video Press Releases Press Coverage Event Calendar Publications Brain Gain Seizing Our Destiny BroadbandEconomies Future Cities Books White Papers About ICF Global Thought Leaders How ICF Helps Partners Support Support the Forum ICF Supporters Subscribe Contacts Home Login

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    to create inclusive prosperity to tackle social and governance challenges and to enrich their quality of life The ICT Challenge Whether in industrialized or developing nations the 21st Century challenges communities to create prosperity stability and cultural meaning in a world where jobs investment and growth increasingly depend on communications and information technology It is a world we call the broadband economy For communities the broadband economy is a double edge sword It threatens established industries economies and ways of life on the one hand yet it also offers powerful new tools to build prosperous inclusive and sustainable economies on the other ICF guides communities to seize the upside while minimizing the downside of the ICT revolution Intelligent Communities and Smart Cities What s the difference Research Education and Awards The ICF think tank studies how Intelligent Communities use ICT to succeed in the broadband economy From that evidence based research we offer unique guidance through reports books live and online educational programs and conferences The data for our research comes from a network of more than one hundred cities and regions large and small urban and rural on five continents Those communities have completed our annual global surveys so that they can compete for the prestige of a place in the Intelligent Community Awards Every year we use an objective analytic process to identify the Smart21 Communities of the Year and then to cull that group down to the Top7 Intelligent Communities and finally to the Intelligent Community of the Year Those Intelligent Communities gain global recognition and substantial free media coverage for their achievements Having their goals and innovative programs validated by ICF also leads to broader buy in from citizens and stakeholders and faster progress overall Finally they gain access to our global network of peer communities

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    by the ICF as the world s Top Intelligent Community 2007 and Waterloo is an excellent example of a community that is succeeding in the global economy and that has embraced many of the ICF s tenets to foster a collaborative spirit between residents government business and academic institutions Research in Motion RIM co founder Jim Balsillie has served as the co CEO of the world renowned BlackBerry smartphone manufacturer since 1992 At RIM Jim is responsible for driving corporate strategy business development marketing sales and finance He has also chaired the Intelligent Waterloo Leadership Group We were very honored to be named the Intelligent Community of the Year for 2008 The award is especially a proud and memorable one because we are on the verge of entering into the so called second decade of the digital age For three consecutive years we were nominated as one of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities and this would not have been possible without the ICF s annual requirements and challenges for us to strive for excellence We have pushed forward our projects based on adaptability high skills and innovation in order to provide our citizens with high quality services minimize their costs and enable them to participate in major policy decisions that affect their lives Maeng Jung Ju is the Mayor of Gangnam District Seoul South Korea Mayor Maeng has spent more than 30 years in public service in positions with the national Economic Planning Board the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs and as an advisor to the National Assembly Prior to his election as Mayor in 2006 he served as the President of the Korea Securities Finance Corporation I support and encourage the founders of the Intelligent Community Forum in their challenge to innovative regions in the world to learn improve and develop the crucial role they play in the world economy In the Southeast Netherlands the Brainport Eindhoven Region is a highly innovative European region and leads our country s knowledge economy on a global level It accounts for 45 of Dutch private investments in R D and 55 of patents I fully support the Brainport 2020 vision and agenda We look forward to our ongoing collaboration with the ICF Alumni across the globe and the chance to adapt best practices from it Maxime Verhagen is the Netherland s Minister of Economic Affairs Agriculture and Innovation and Deputy Prime Minister The work Cisco is bringing forward in the area of Broadband Government of which Connected Urban Development is an important element is modeled in part on ideas first introduced by the Intelligent Community Forum I consider the work they do outstanding and world class Nicola Villa is the Global Director of Cisco s Connected Urban Development program The program is part of the commitment Cisco provided to the Clinton Global Initiative and it is aimed at developing innovative ICT Broadband solutions in large metropolitan areas to stimulate CO2 emissions reductions Nicola has a strong focus on Innovation policy and

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