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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    build a more diverse economy better suited for sustainable prosperity and is beginning to see results It was in the mid 1990s that successful lobbying of state government led to the founding of a university By 1999 the Council state government and the university had founded the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast to help incubate startups emerging from the university s programs Meanwhile a 2 year institution introduced a wide range of courses for the creative industries as well as sustainability and conservation practices and programs like Get Up to Speed and The Creative Collective helped hundreds of local businesses improve their digital skills Those skills are needed because Sunshine Coast in partnership with other Councils the university and private sector carriers won Federal funding to expand fiber optic and WiMAX broadband service to 75 of the urban area and attracted many millions of dollars in additional private investment The National Broadband Network has now committed to deliver fiber broadband to 25 sites covering two thirds of Sunshine Coast s urban areas Since its founding the Innovation Centre has assisted the startup and growth of 108 businesses which have created more than 400 jobs and helped raise A 28 million in

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    the integrated circuit design business grew 9 percent from 2008 to 2009 These steps led to employment growth of 11 and production growth of 25 from 2006 to 2011 leaving Hsinchu with a 2012 unemployment rate of just 4 2 percent Today under Mayor Hsu Ming Tsai the city s challenge is to translate economic success into civic success to make Hsinchu City a sustainable Intelligent Community with a high quality of life where innovation is a part of people s daily lives Government and business are pursuing the goal on multiple fronts Global Mobile Corp the dominant wireless provider has extended 4G wireless to 97 of the city while Chungwha Telecom has made 100 Mbps fiber service available to 64 of residents as part of the national M Taiwan program Digital education has gone mainstream The city was the first in Taiwan to implement e learning platforms the e Book Schoolbag and e Book Reader which now reach nearly 60 schools A new cloud based English teaching platform was launched in 2012 to help students learn the international language of business in school and at home Hsinchu City government has put a smart card into the hands of 120

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    Taoyuan is already the site of industrial parks home to nearly 11 000 factories and 45 000 businesses which collaborate broadly with Taoyuan s 16 colleges and universities on research and commercialization The aerotropolis project is forecast to generate another US 8 billion in economic benefit and create 260 000 more jobs But in the midst of these massive changes Taoyuan is setting its sites on another goal to make equally large improvements in quality of life for its people Ensuring world class broadband is part of it The county has thrown its energy and resources into multiple projects a US 99 million investment in building conduit to lower the cost for carriers to deploy optical fiber and partnerships with Chungwha Telecom and Global Mobile Corp to deploy thousands of WiFi hotspots and 4G wireless coverage which has been expanded to reach 70 of the population Taoyuan also has numerous projects for the digitally excluded ranging from free or subsidized connectivity and computers to skills training for low income indigenous and immigrant populations Equal attention is being paid to the physical environment Past development overbuilt the Laojie River which flows through the urban core and has shrunk the number of

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    90 of Kingstonians now subscribe to broadband But the economy s heavy dependence on public sector spending makes Kingston vulnerable to decisions made far away and local government has developed a multi faceted strategy to diversify its economy while maintaining the culture and quality of life that residents treasure It is aided in this undertaking by the presence of Queen s University a top 10 research institution and St Lawrence College a 2 year institution with schools of business computer and engineering technology health sciences and skilled trades Queen s University founded an office in 1987 called PARTEQ Innovations to identify intellectual property and support its commercialization PARTEQ went on to build Innovation Park where academic business and government researchers work to pioneer new technologies and bring them to market Innovation has a particular focus in Kingston The public business education and government have rallied around a goal to make environmental sustainability its focus Local government launched a community planning process that resulted in Sustainable Kingston a plan that gave rise to a nonprofit of the same name As a result most research and commercialization focuses on greentech and cleantech from the Federal GreenCentre Canada research lab to a Fuel

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    in Canada and transportation gridlock that gives residents of the Greater Toronto Area the world s longest average commute times These factors have contributed to the success of suburbs in attracting new and existing businesses making once sleepy cities like Mississauga into business hubs in their own right To reverse this trend Toronto is doubling down on the value of a dense superbly equipped and culturally rich urban experience The centerpiece is Waterfront Toronto North America s largest urban renewal project which is revitalizing 800 hectares of brownfield shoreline with 40 000 residential units parks and one million square meters of commercial space designed to the highest environmental standards Offering 1 Gbps fiber based broadband provided at no cost to the 10 of housing set aside for low income residents the Waterfront is expected to offer a home to 40 000 new jobs focused on knowledge industries Early commercial tenants include the Corus Entertainment and the George Brown College Health Sciences campus Though impressive in size and scale the Waterfront is only the most visible of many public private collaborations through which the city is pursuing an ICT powered future The MaRS Discovery District supplies housing incubation acceleration and investment

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    smart land use as key contributors to quality of life and economic growth Its journey began paradoxically with failure Mitchell is home to Dakota Wesleyan University and the two year Mitchell Technical Institute MTI The Institute developed a plan to build a fiber optic network to serve Mitchell but concern over its cost led to defeat in a public vote Undeterred MTI built a Technology Center to serve students and the community which wound up housing technology for several local telecom providers and a grant funded Network Operations Center The accumulating evidence of demand for advanced services persuaded Midcontinent Communications a regional carrier to expand broadband in Mitchell ahead of other cities and a broadband stimulus grant made it possible for another competitor to build a fiber to the premise network On this foundation institutions business and government have collaborated intensively to drive economic development The school district launched a 1 1 laptop program for secondary school students and a pilot program in mass customization of learning which aims to give students education appropriate to their individual abilities It opened a Career and Technical Education center in partnership with MTI and Dakota Wesleyan to equip secondary school and MTI students

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    given birth to a thriving culinary and arts scene providing residents and businesses with an outstanding quality of life Ringed by mountain ranges however Walla Walla is geographically isolated It is not located on a major transport route and has limited air service The city is reasonably well served by incumbent broadband providers but there are gaps in availability and service quality and backhaul to the major Internet peering points is expensive and not always reliable Though it is home to a high quality university and community college its businesses offer limited employment opportunities to graduates and brain drain is a constant concern The Chamber of Commerce is leading an effort to leverage Walla Walla s existing strengths to create broadband powered growth In 2012 thanks to a broadband stimulus grant the nonprofit Northwest Open Access Network NoaNet completed expansion of its fiber backbone into the Walla Walla Valley The city is now working with carriers institutions and businesses on ways to roll out local connectivity to fill gaps and deliver significant bandwidth where needed The Chamber established a film office that has already drawn TV and film shoots and is working to attract a full time production unit for

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    was a major employer it was bypassed again by broadband providers in the 20th Whanganui s Council has responded to these obstacles with a series of major strategies beginning in 2010 Inspired by ICF s Intelligent Community Indicators the Council created a Broadband Strategy and began searching for private sector partners to help carry it out The result was a deal with Ultrafast Fiber which began a fiber build in August 2011 that has already passed 10 000 homes 1 000 businesses and nearly 100 schools and healthcare facilities Six new broadband providers are selling services on the network The Council s Digital Whanganui strategy led to a partnership with the nearby college to extend its presence into the city Working groups of citizens and business leaders are addressing such areas as fine arts education STEM training and training for the unemployed In 2012 the city organized its first TechEx a free three day interactive technology expo which attracted 10 000 visitors The 2013 TechEx focused on education and began to create links with university engineering schools in the greater region The same strategy drove the creation of a Computers in Homes program that has provided training systems and connectivity

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