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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    model It brings together provincial government business education healthcare and other stakeholders to cooperate on projects that create business opportunities and employment while addressing quality of life in the region It has taken much time and energy to align all the parties agree on objectives and investment choices and begin to take action Founded in 2012 the Huis now has programs that educate local youth about career opportunities in the Kempen train businesses in technology connect entrepreneurs across the Belgian Dutch border and promote renewable energy development Urban Levels of Fiber Coverage This innovation program operates on an enviable digital platform Village centers in the region have long been well served by DSL and cable systems but until recently the rest of the region went begging That changed when a Dutch broadband pioneer Kees Rovers began planning a fiber to the premise network with local partners and obtained government grants to capitalize it Through this effort the region has already reached 97 coverage at fiber speeds with property owners in many cases contributing to the cost of the last mile Work is now underway to fill in the last and most expensive 3 At age 70 Rovers is a serial broadband champion having led the fiber network deployment in the village of Nuenen that contributed to Eindhoven s selection as the 2011 Intelligent Community of the Year Many Hands Make Light the Work Dutch culture is known for valuing self reliance and the Brabantse Kempen region is no exception The village of Hoogeloon established a cooperative healthcare facility to stem the outflow of elderly residents who left to seek better care Summa and the Pius X College partnered to establish a digital marketplace for eldercare services and program in which students care for elderly citizens in exchange for hands on

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    on playing to its 21st Century strengths In 2014 it established HCE Telecom as a wholly owned subsidiary of the city HCE is deploying a 10 gigabit fiber network to serve city facilities business universities and hospitals and make the city more attractive to leading edge employers HCE also provides energy solutions and has set a goal of attracting data centers with a combination of high quality telecom and energy Forging New Companies City leaders have also come to recognize that in the past the city wasted too much of potential of itseducational institutions including McMaster University and Mohawk College It worked with university leaders to open McMaster Innovation Park and a second incubator downtown which together house 23 startups focused on computer hardware and consumer technology In September 2015 it opened a third facility called The Forge which provides university students and community youth with entrepreneurship training access to prototyping and production facilities and help in starting their own businesses The city is also in early talks with hospitals academic institutions and the Chamber of Commerce on developing a life sciences cluster to leverage its strong hospital network and health research organizations Creating New Land for Development With a lack of new land for development Hamilton has focused on remediation of industrial brownfield sites Through an innovative program called ERASE it offers financial incentives to companies to clean up and repurpose polluted sites From 2011 to 2014 the city approved more than 130 development grant applications worth more than C 20 million Redevelopment underway has already generated C 3 million in construction and created 650 jobs Digital Equity The decline of industrial employment has stranded workers who do not possess the skills and access to technology to compete in the broadband economy A Hamilton charity operates a successful digital

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    and education and using that expertise to kickstart business innovation It would also be based on broadband Another of the city s assets was Oshawa Public Utilities Corporation which began to invest in dark fiber infrastructure to meet its own needs as well as serve city facilities The private sector was persuaded to join in and dark fiber began to be installed in all new construction projects to meet future demand Growth in Research and Education In the new century the city s strategy began to show results In 2003 the University of Ontario Institute of Technology opened as the province s first laptop based university It became one of Ontario s fastest growing universities which attracted more than C 100 million in research grants and now houses more than 70 specialized laboratories and 10 000 students The incumbent institutions worked closely with local business and introduced new programs aimed at retraining residents for in demand careers in the city s target sectors Together in 2012 13 Durham College and Trend University were estimated to contribute nearly C 1 billion in economic impact to the city As hoped this concentration of education and research began to yield a harvest of new companies in wearable technology immersive gaming automotive data systems and consumer applications Multiple incubators and business accelerators have opened downtown to house the young companies The Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network opened in 2013 and began training 1 600 students per year using advanced simulation technologies while pioneering research in health informatics Digital Equity Meanwhile the city worked to equip all of its citizens with the digital skills they needed to prosper Schools went wireless and received allotments of handheld devices while two thirds of teaching staff successfully completed instructional technology training The library system installed Wi Fi

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    media and software sectors The emerging plan aims to create an innovation architecture that supports the next generation of technology companies with the people and services they need to prosper Harvesting Talent The 2001 02 downturn of the telecom sector had an unexpected impact on education in Ottawa As telecom moved from regional darling to regional dog enrollment in secondary school science and math programs plummeted which soon translated into lower science and engineering enrollment at the university level The tech sector recovered but interest in science and engineering education did not By 2006 Ottawa s tech clusters were flagging the problem as serious and asking OCRI to develop a solution In 2008 OCRI worked with the Ministry of Education to introduce a Specialist High Skills Major for grades 11 and 12 focusing on ICT In the same year OCRI also introduced a High School Technology Program at two area secondary schools Over the course of one term students participated one day per week in classes on computer hardware networking team building and technology career opportunities The entire program was built around social computing and the open source community Equipped with XO laptops provided by participating companies students worked in school and in consultation with technology firms to create software projects of their own The first year was successful enough to justify expanding the program to four schools in 2009 Another program Winning Innovation Networks for Schools WINS connects tech companies with students to graphically demonstrate career opportunities in the community The first WINS project sent 100 students and fifteen teachers on site visits to four employers in the cleantech and medical device sectors The next project will invite biology classes to help local medical device companies work on technology challenges identified by the companies from sleep sensors to neurological rehabilitation While OCRI has focused on secondary school Ottawa s colleges and universities have rolled out new programs to serve an economy undergoing continuing change The University of Ottawa now offers cross faculty courses in entrepreneurship and e business as well as a Graduate Certificate in Modeling and Animation for Computer Games Carlton University created a Bachelor of Engineering in Sustainable and Renewable Energy and partnered with Algonquin College on a Bachelor of IT Algonquin meanwhile launched its own School of Media Design for Animation and partnered with OCRI on an Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program which grants secondary school students college credit for high skill majors The community has given equal attention to the last mile between the end of education and the start of employment when the most talented students face a choice of where to start their careers TalentBridge is an OCRI program that provides entrepreneurially inclined university students with government funded part time jobs working under experienced mentors at local technology companies The companies get the benefit of fresh thinking and new energy while students gain business experience and often make the move into full time positions with the companies Ottawa serial entrepreneur Terry Matthews has created

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    opened the possibility of attracting significant investment into the region Ipswich City Council partnered with surrounding city and regional councils to build a case for NBN rollout of what it termed the Western Corridor National Broadband Network The governments mapped current and proposed broadband infrastructure developed joint policies and solicited support from business and industry groups Their work was rewarded in 2010 when NBN announced that two locations in the region would receive the first deployments of fiber to the premise A similar strategy has driven 3G and 4G mobile deployment Governments combined to conduct independent testing of availability throughout the region which sent testing vehicles across more than 2 300 kilometers of roads The effort paid off by letting governments bring objective data to their negotiations with carriers about where towers should go to provide the broadest possible coverage But Ipswich has been as ready to partner with the private sector as to pressure it Acting as intermediary Ipswich has coordinated between property developers and NBN to direct NBN investment in conduit to areas where property developers or the city are launching construction which saves all parties time and money From Digital Hub to Digital Enterprise Infrastructure however is only the start To encourage adoption Ipswich has introduced a wide range of courses for citizens on digital applications and built a Digital Hub demonstration center where citizens and businesspeople can experience the most advanced technologies Training has reached more than 2 000 people many of whom in turn become technology trainers for community groups A Digital Enterprise Program has offered training seminars to hundreds of employees from small to midsize businesses and nonprofits Ipswich has just commenced a major redevelopment of its city center where digital technologies will be used to attract commercial and residential tenants and to improve

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    shape its potential California Career Pathways is a collaborative project uniting 14 school districts and 5 community colleges in the region Funded by a California state grant in 2015 the program covers from kindergarten through community college and develops career pathways into the region s growth sectors from advanced manufacturing and clean energy to information and communications technology It aims to integrate academic and career based learning and bridge the distance from education to work Library Innovation The San Diego Public Libraries are also investing in a broadband enabled future that helps drive an innovation economy The system is engaged in a significant upgrade of online capacity to 100 Mbps at each facility More importantly it offers a makerspace open to the public providing 3D printers and process tools including vinyl cutters laser cutters milling machines and sewing machines Using this combination of connectivity and hardware the library has delivered 150 free technology programs to more than 5 000 attendees in the past year and hosted special events including a Coding Camp Startup Weekend Maker Meetups and Robot Days serving hundreds to thousands of citizens Challenges to Sustainability A prolonged drought has brought Californians face to face with climate change and the need to manage a more challenging environment San Diego has responded by making sustainability a social and cultural priority The city is home to Balboa Park the largest cultural urban park in the United States and site of the famed San Diego Zoo A sustainability program launched in 2008 uses the park to conduct sustainability education and engage local arts and cultural organizations in decisions about its future The city has also achieved US 1 75 million in annual savings and reduced water use by 1 5 million gallons through sustainability investments in the park With water becoming

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    DSL is accessible to all but speeds and quality of service vary widely Jönköping is investing alongside national government to push high speed networks beyond the urban clusters and provide 90 of companies and households with access by 2020 Building a Knowledge Workforce On that foundation Jönköping is seeking to muster its human and business resources to accelerate the economy and ensure sustainability throughout its territory The municipality is home to Jönköping University which offers business oriented programs at the undergraduate and graduate level But the municipality also struggles with drop outs who lack the skills to succeed in the modern economy A program called Youth Arena targets young people who have dropped out of secondary school It aims to coach and motivate them to finish their education and then find rewarding jobs in the municipality Since 2001 Youth Arena has worked with 800 cases and provided individual coaching to more than 230 of whom 70 have gone on to further education or work Innovation Runway The Innovation Runway project provides the same kind of support to companies It coaches business owners and managers on innovation strategy and product and service development and encourages spin out of new companies Launched in 2015 the program has already led to the formation of a new company providing digitized construction drawing services The Factory is a new program of the public library system that inspired by the MakerSpace and CoderDojo movements aims to build a bridge between traditional education and new creative forms of expression It has introduced personal development courses coding workshops and presentations on digital technology and culture With these projects and a sustainability plan that will reduce its children s exposure to hazardous chemicals in everyday use Jönköping is pursuing a future that borrows from the new economy prosperity of

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    schools technical schools and universities in creating cooperative strategies and incentives for student advancement The Economic Development Bureau trains teachers in the latest trends in local industries while working with industry to develop internships focused on high demand occupations Today twelve high schools and technical schools are working with 28 businesses four universities and a hospital on classes internship programs and other projects Accelerating 4G Mobile Services A different kind of infrastructure also has the city s attention Like most of Taiwan Kaohsiung is well wired with 100 availability and 84 adoption of broadband The missing link is high speed mobile service Until recently Taiwan has lagged comparable nations in the rollout of 4G LTE services Kaohsiung worked with the two largest telcos in Taiwan to win national government subsidies for the development of 4G services and offers the companies resources and administrative support to promote deployment The city s goal is to foster the development of 4G mobile technologies by local firms Current projects include virtual tours of the Piers II Art Center one of the city s most popular recreation destinations and an application that lets shoppers scan the barcodes on items with their mobile phones and find those items waiting for them at checkout Technology for the Neighborhood The city is using digital technologies to improve life at the neighborhood level Each of its 891 neighborhoods has a designated Head of Neighborhood The city is training them in the use of social media to better communicate with their constituents So far 121 Heads of Neighborhood have participated in training of whom 75 are 50 years old or older A similar grassroots approach targets energy conservation The city has organized media events promoting conservation technologies and techniques as well as competitions among schools businesses and government departments and

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