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    led in 2012 to the formation of OnLight Aurora a nonprofit company that has built a 60 mile 10 Gbps fiber network to serve community anchor institutions and businesses It strengthens the city s ability to compete with nearby tech corridors for companies and high wage employment and has been crucial to Aurora s success in attracting and retaining three data centers During the bad years Aurora allowed public education to stagnate in terms of skills and graduation rates It has since launched multiple programs to bring STEM education to primary and secondary schools A STEM Discovery Academy offers a challenging curriculum to students age 3 through 7 while the Fred Rogers Academy does the same for older children The Mayor s Pathways to Progress project brings school districts together with the regional chamber of commerce and the local university and community colleges It is developing career oriented academic programs focusing on health sciences IT and advanced manufacturing Aurora University has founded a graduate Mathematics and Science Education Center and is helping school districts train teachers in math and science topics Creating a Startup Ecosystem The university community colleges and a private school are collaborating to deliver training to local business on entrepreneurship technology and management An Innovation Hub in the planning stages aims to foster collaboration among citizens businesses educators and government in the creation of a startup ecosystem During the bad old days gangs took root in Aurora and the city developed a reputation for violence and crime A long city state Federal effort backed by citizens groups has made big strides since then Gang membership declined an estimated 70 from 2001 to 2007 while gang related murders plummeted 81 In 2012 the city celebrated its first homicide free year since 1946 But reputations take a long time

    Original URL path: http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&refno=1590&category=Community&prid=1590&print=y (2016-02-13)
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    Sherbrooke boasts remarkable educational assets Eight institutions educate 47 000 students and employ 11 000 workers together constituting 34 of the population Beginning in 2007 the city set out to exploit the potential of those assets to revitalize the local economy Three hundred local stakeholders attended the Sherbrooke Summit which began to redefine the city as a center for innovation Three organizations were created Commerce Sherbrooke for retail and service industries Destination Sherbrooke for tourism and Sherbrooke Innopole to drive the development of clusters in advanced manufacturing clean tech life science nanotech and ICT A similar cross sector collaboration the Intelligent Community Roundtable focused on improving city services and citizen engagement using ICT Together the groups attacked the obstacles standing in the way of a better future for the city At the high tech end of the spectrum the university developed a low volume fabrication and packaging facility where semiconductor firms could prove new designs The city launched start up weekends and hackathons to give its young ICT talent a compelling reason to stay in Sherbrooke Other programs trained businesses in using ICT to improve productivity develop intellectual property strategies and step up their rate of innovation The city discovered that a low percentage of its retail businesses were online and created training and education programs to boost Web engagement Broadband access is not an obstacle the city is well served by private sector carriers and saw a fiber to the premise network begin deployment in 2014 Results in Numbers Collaboration and hard work on multiple fronts is producing results The clean tech cluster grew 5 in the number of companies to 100 and 10 in employment to 3 000 in 2013 In the same year the number of IT companies grew 8 to 96 and IT employment grew 6

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    productivity Establishing Innovation Zones The success of Central Taiwan Science Park founded in Taiching 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year has become an unexpected catalyst for change The latest phase of the Science Park s expansion has extended into the county and given new impetus to the county s plans to develop its own innovation zones It already possesses vital assets multiple universities colleges and technical schools and successful companies specializing in metals glass art aerospace textiles and bicycles Over the past decade Changhua County has worked to create the ecosystem needed to realize the value of these assets It has built an open access broadband network through which private sector carriers can reach 99 of the population and household penetration has risen from very low levels to more than 60 To drive adoption its offers free Internet instruction that has reached 30 000 residents to date The county has also launched an online industrial development platform that showcases company products and guides users seeking development opportunities to available factories and sites This integrated system empowers local business to market internationally and helps factories to upgrade their operations It is just one of many e government systems in planning or operation ranging from tourism and urban planning apps to a social welfare and public safety platform that already process 90 of government documents online Investment Attraction There is still far to go but Changhua County is already seeing results Better national and international marketing has boosted the export of agricultural products by 15 times in the past five years University business government collaboration has established the Central Taiwan Textile R D Project the Metal Industries R D Center and Bicycle Center among others to create new products and processes Last year the county attracted US 149 million in private investment

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    danger as well the ever present risk of earthquakes from a major fault line running north to south through the prefecture Broadband and Citizen Services City government is tackling both of these risks through long term investment in fiber based broadband and efforts to build a software industry to supplement its manufacturing one Shiojiri s efforts in broadband date back to 1996 just two years after the release of the first commercial Web browser City government introduced its own municipal ISP which built a user base of 10 000 subscribers The city was well positioned when a few years later the national government introduced a regional broadband infrastructure program Shiojiri used grants from the program to expand the network add Wi Fi nodes and introduce specialized services to protect the population in the event of disaster from an environmental sensor network to mobile information services The city was even able to equip its bus network with GPS and make available real time route information to travelers via mobile phone The Incubation Plaza The city exited the broadband business in 2012 when a private sector carrier agreed to assume operations The 130 kilometer network now reaches 100 of the city s population as well as serving Wi Fi hotspots at the central rail station community facilities and parks Among these facilities is the Shiojiri Incubation Plaza SIP launched in 2007 which attracts and nurtures outside companies specializing in embedded systems the industrial software that runs the precision machinery Shiojiri companies manufacture SIP is now home to 14 software companies new to the region The city has also used its network to encourage better marketing and distribution of farm products which has created new employment in agriculture and to develop community projects around child care support senior citizens the library and youth

    Original URL path: http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&refno=1603&category=Community&prid=1603&print=y (2016-02-13)
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    former Top7 Dublin The collaboration plays out in broadband where the partners have interconnected their fiber networks supporting schools and universities hospitals research institutes and government facilities This continuing investment in advanced broadband has helped attract multiple competing commercial providers as well as enabling a unified traffic management system and mobile solutions for the city workforce including first responders Educators meanwhile are collaborating to improve the chance that low income students can afford higher education and also succeed at it The Central Ohio Compact unites K 12 community college and undergraduate institutions to guide low income students into higher education Preferred Pathway is one program that guarantees community college graduates a university placement which lets them turn their 2 year degree into a 4 year degree at a fraction of the normal cost City government supports this effort with programs including Capital Kids which provides after school digital literacy programs for K 12 students and APPS which works to give at risk youth positive alternatives to being on the street including computer labs funded by Microsoft From Brain Drain to Brain Gain Another partnership TechColumbus offers startup acceleration business mentoring seed funding and capital attraction Its First Customer program helps young companies generate their first revenue from established companies in the region The East Franklinton neighborhood was once the heart of a vibrant African American cultural scene and Mayor Coleman has made its revitalization a personal crusade A community based planning effort has created a vision for building residential retail and creative space as well as a business incubator and private investment has already converted an abandoned warehouse into a performance and studio space supplemented by an art gallery coffee shop and farmer s market Grant funding is going into the development of a makerspace and community workshop This range

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    responded by refocusing on the development of new industries including health and wellbeing education and research digital business professional services agribusiness and cleantech Its strategy calls for development of advanced digital infrastructure and a skilled population and innovative business community able to harness it for growth The city has made significant strides already In partnership with other Councils the University of the Sunshine Coast and private sector carriers the city won Federal funding to develop a publicly owned competitive network that reaches 75 of the urban area Household penetration has topped 73 slightly above the Australia average The university meanwhile has grown to 9 000 students and doubled the output of research into sustainability health interactive technologies and other fields In 1999 the city assembled government and university funding to establish the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast IC Over the past 11 years the IC has assisted more than 100 companies and helped raise Aus 28 million in investment in firms offering online accounting messaging cleantech software mobile apps and professional services It has also been successful in retaining them a survey indicated that without the vibrant local digital ecosystem 80 of these start ups would have relocated to Brisbane Sydney or Melbourne New Digital City Center Digital skills training and technology access are widely available from the city library to the business training programs of the national Broadband Today Alliance and the state s Creative Collective program for individuals and organizations Those skills help citizens to use the eBusiness platform launched by Council which offers a wide range of online services and directories Its most ambitious effort is a plan to redevelop a former golf course into a new digital city center featuring ubiquitous fiber and Wi Fi as well as smart transportation lighting signage public safety energy and waste

    Original URL path: http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&refno=1607&category=Community&prid=1607&print=y (2016-02-13)
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    is a set of smart city projects covering water use electricity use and public transit Working with IBM the city installed sensors connectivity and software to analyze performance and provide data to users Starting with 300 homes the smart water system is now available citywide and is credited with a 7 reduction in water use and an eightfold gain in the detection and fixing of leaks It has also reduced water treatment costs by 65 000 and increased water revenues by nearly 185 000 The smart travel program tracks 1 500 riders and uses the data to set policies that have produced a 28 increase in ridership over 4 years Putting Dubuque to Work Dubuque Works is a workforce program that unites government business and educators to enhance the city s human capital conduct joint research to develop evidence based recommendations and provide outreach to guide area students from school to work Over the past four years the program has created more than 5 000 jobs and Dubuque with just 3 of the state s population has been responsible for 10 of the state s job growth These different initiatives have attracted more than 37 million in Federal and state

    Original URL path: http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&refno=1594&category=Community&prid=1594&print=y (2016-02-13)
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    month and where residential construction is a major industry It is part of the growing metropolitan area of Vancouver from which it derives most of its economic energy today To gain greater control over its destiny Surrey has developed a diversification strategy calling for deepening the partnership between its institutions of higher learning and local business Development is focused on an Innovation Boulevard project where the city universities and business are building clusters in health technology clean tech and advanced manufacturing Overseeing the project is the Mayor s Health Technology Working Group comprised of 50 representatives from universities a health authority nonprofits business associations government and developers Ten new health technology firms have already moved in attracted in part by the availability of five new advanced laboratory spaces It is one component of a master plan to create several dense and walkable city centers supporting a mix of residential and commercial space linked by light rail Smart and Sustainable Plans Surrey s past was enabled by the automobile A new Sustainability Compact developed with substantial public consultation aims to change that dynamic by focusing on emissions reduction and thoughtful adaptation to climate change The city has achieved a 70 waste diversion target ahead of schedule and completed a district energy system for city buildings and future high rise residential towers A range of smart city systems from a central traffic management center to the MySurrey App are improving livability and better engaging with citizens And for those on the wrong side of the digital divide the library system is training thousands of residents in digital skills as part of a comprehensive poverty reduction plan Surrey s goal is to boost local employment by nearly 50 which will keep more wealth in the community and better balance the tax burden between

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