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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    deploying technology to make city services and systems more efficient and creating a collaborative ecosystem involving business institutions and citizens The city owns its own electric utility which has contributed to an 81 Internet penetration rate with most connections at high speed Current plans call for build out of free WiFi across the 17 square kilometers of the central city An open citizen laboratory already invites participation in incubating social technologies An aggressive train the trainer program operates from 85 centers to equip community leaders with digital skills which also help the significant portion of the population who struggle with basic literacy a legacy of the city s industrial past Knowledge is Power The metro area s universities graduate more students from higher education than any other Canadian city Over 415 000 students earned an undergraduate or graduate degree there from 1998 through 2008 Montreal institutions also received more than 160 000 registrations for e learning in the 2011 12 school year while a specialized program is training hundreds of teachers in the use of digital technologies This educational foundation feeds into the region s fast growing knowledge economy which is a major focus of policy Montreal operates six Learning Labs specializing in areas from transportation to healthcare and urban planning and has deployed an online collaboration system to engage its ICT cluster some 5 000 companies in more open innovation Accelerator programs and co working spaces foster an expanding start up culture with the arts and media playing a significant role Cirque de Soleil is a Montreal company The history of technology development in Montreal Metro has created a fragmented sector consisting of many small companies The city s economic future depends on helping those small scale innovators to collaborate in building a bigger future while preserving the culture

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    ten years A midsize city of 170 000 Mülheim is home to two Max Planck Institutes and a new technical college Ruhr West set up in 2009 A government business academic partnership is building an Innovation Triangle program on this foundation connecting all the links in the educational chain from secondary school through higher education and local employment Mülheim is establishing a consumer Internet hub to promote e business start ups which will make it one of five digital hubs in the state of North Rhine Westphalia The hub will offer business accelerator programs co working and incubator space access to seed funding and to educational programs in business administration legal and taxation issues Realizing Potential Mülheim is also working to expand opportunities for its less educated population particularly youth The U25 House program offers vocational counseling in secondary school and a case management service that helps young people with job search skills development access to support programs and entry into apprenticeships So successful has this School to Work program been that the city s youth unemployment rate at 4 5 is 40 lower than the regional average While helping individuals achieve their potential Mülheim also focuses on small to midsize enterprises SMEs City government the chamber of commerce and business associations have launched SME 4 0 a campaign to make SME owners and executives aware of the opportunities available from digital technologies A project called Engage NRW modeled how gaming technologies could be applied to improve service and production processes By the end of the project SMEs had signed 1 5 million in contracts with technology consultants and providers Broadband Inventory To ensure that the city has the broadband infrastructure it needs Mülheim completed in 2015 a complete inventory of the telecom conduit network owned by multiple organizations that

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    but the real focus has been on broadband Partnering with the private sector NTC has boosted network deployment and promoted cloud based services for government and business The household penetration rate is at 91 with 87 on 100 Mbps service With education the single largest budget line NTC has connected more than 300 schools put tablets and computers into classrooms and retrained teaching staffs Taking advantage of the density of convenience stores NTC has facilitated the installation of more than 10 000 Wi Fi hotspots Still one million citizens are on the wrong side of the digital divide To help them the city offers training classes mobile computer classrooms and Digital Opportunity Centers where visitors can try the latest technologies More than 420 000 people have received digital inclusion services and household computer ownership has grown from 89 to 92 over five years Knowledge Drives Growth Executives and employees are an equal focus A Knowledge Bridge project has driven industry university collaboration projects and provided talent and job matchmaking It is credited with lowering the unemployment rate by a full percentage point NTC has identified seven strategic industries from green tech and bio tech to optoelectronics and culture for development and its SME Service Group offers counseling support for business development and R D subsidies Just three of NTC s business parks each focused on a different industry cluster have attracted US 1 5 billion in investment added US 2 5 bn in economic value and created 22 400 jobs In the Xizhi District a cloud computing development called U Town has attracted 2 300 businesses created 80 000 jobs and generated more than US 30 billion in economic activity Even traditional industries have found new life Factories that once manufactured commodity ceramics and glassware are now producing art pieces

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    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

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    s Family Friendly Strategy in 2008 set goals for the economy community partnership health safety cultural richness and environmental sustainability It was followed by a Broadband Strategy in 2009 and Digital Strategies in 2010 and 2013 which boldly called for this rural city to become a leader in the digital world with a high value economy vibrant community and health environment They were brave words and the city has begun to deliver on their promise The Council helped Ultrafast Fibre make the case for building an urban fiber network which now connects 13 000 households businesses and institutions and has attracted 12 broadband retailers In 2014 Ultrafast boosted its top network speed to 1 Gbps InspireNet a local wireless company has worked with community groups to install fixed wireless repeaters that extend network services into the rural areas surrounding the urban core Advanced connectivity has recently attracted film education companies software engineers teachers and other professionals to the city and existing businesses like Q West a boat builder that once complained of poor connectivity are finding their businesses booming City Council has used the network to put its own operations on line including wireless applications for field staff to save money and improve service to citizens and businesses Creating a Generation of Innovators The Digital Whanganui strategy also led to vital partnerships with the city s small university with a Computer Clubhouse group affiliated with MIT and skills development organizations Together they organized an annual TechEx technology expo to educate residents and businesses about digital opportunities This has led in turn to a pilot project to equip secondary school students with digital devices to ensure that they have connectivity at home and to develop a digital hub at the school to spur innovation among existing and new businesses Nearly a

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    D for multiple companies CIC also has a training program that gives Winnipeg students on the job experience and supports skills development in companies Cultural Legacy The Digital Voices Project originated at Winnipeg s largest secondary school Oral storytelling is a vital part of aboriginal culture in Manitoba and the Project provides students with digital skills training and supports them in building personal familial and cultural stories across multiple media The University has established a drop in facility for inner city residents the Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre where visitors benefit from free computer access as well as academic traditional language and homework help programs This supplements the free Internet access and ICT workshops available throughout the Winnipeg library system Among Winnipeg s most innovative developments for its First Nations residents is the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network APTN the first national aboriginal TV network for which more than 80 of programming originates in Canada A social media offshoot APTN Digital Drum allows aboriginal youth to express their cultural identity and connect with each other Home to North America s oldest ballet company Winnipeg also has a thriving arts and culture scene An independent film from two Winnipegers Indie Game The Movie

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    Mayor Eric Chu set out to transform a loose collection of suburban cities and rural land into a unified metropolis read full article Muelheim on der Ruhr Germany Wednesday December 2 2015 The city s name tells you something about its history Located on the Ruhr River in the Ruhr Valley Mülheim took part in the economic success of one of Europe s great industrial centers famed for steel manufacture and coal mining Its transformation began in 1964 during what the Germans called the coal and steel crisis an abrupt loss of competitiveness as lower cost suppliers of those commodities entered an increasingly global market In that year Mülheim reluctantly became the Ruhr Valley s first city free of steel making when major blast furnaces closed Two years later the city s last coal mine was shuttered The economic impact was severe read full article San Diego California USA Wednesday December 2 2015 San Diego occupies a blessed corner of the United States With a Mediterranean climate the city is a tourist destination that drew 32 million visitors in 2012 It hosts the largest naval fleet in the world in its deepwater port which in turn has attracted major national defense contractors as employers Bordering on Mexico San Diego is also the busiest international crossing point in the world and handles the third highest volume of trade among all US Mexico land crossings This combination has given San Diego an unusually diversified economy in which defense tourism international trade R D and manufacturing are the largest sectors Maintaining its competitive position and quality of life in a fast changing world however is a significant challenge City government is attacking that challenge on multiple fronts read full article Montreal Quebec Canada Wednesday December 2 2015 The largest French speaking city in

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    a reputation the city is eager to change read full article Winnipeg Manitoba Canada Wednesday December 2 2015 Located at the midpoint between East and West Coasts Winnipeg is the capital of a province rich in agricultural and natural resources In the 21st Century the city is pursuing economic growth by better connecting industry and education while better equiping its large aboriginal population for opportunity Winnipeg has formed partnerships linking employers like Canadian Tire to the University of Winnipeg an ICT association and other public private groups to improve the supply of skilled employees The Composite Innovation Centre CIC a public private R D organization has developed technologies and supply chains for high performance composites based on agricultural materials such as hemp and flax which reduces costs for employers like Boeing and Magellan Aerospace CIC s success has led to the creation of a national consortium Canadian Composites Manufacturing R D to conduct pre competitive R D for multiple companies CIC also has a training program that gives Winnipeg students on the job experience and supports skills development in companies read full article Taitung County Taiwan Monday November 30 2015 Taitung is Taiwan s third largest county by area and home to 224 000 people Spread across the mountainous southeast coast of the island it was a thinly populated economic backwater through most of the 20th Century while the northwest coastal plains became the center of Taiwan s remarkable economic rise Agriculture and tourism are its dominant industries Like most isolated rural regions the county was underserved by broadband until county government engaged in a major drive to deploy wireless infrastructure Through negotiation persuasion and investment the county accomplished what seemed impossible deployment of 250 hotspots in just over four months to achieve 100 availability for residents and businesses read full article Marlborough Massachusetts USA Wednesday November 25 2015 The city of 38 000 achieved success in that century only to see its industrial base erode in the late 20th Century before it was rescued by the construction of major highway networks including the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 495 These made Marlborough an attractive location for the information technology industry that sprang up around Boston in the Eighties and Nineties In 2015 the city had an unemployment rate of 3 7 down sharply from 2012 and a full point lower than the state average Over that three year period Marlborough gained 6 000 jobs of which 5 000 resulted from inward investment read full article How Two Intelligent Communities Joined Forces to Grow Their Economies Wednesday November 25 2015 In 2007 the City of Waterloo was named Intelligent Community of the Year an accolade that Eindhoven region also received in 2011 Because of their mutual international recognition and the specific attention that it bestows the communities began a conversation that led to a strategic alliance and unique international form of economic development that read full article Ipswich Queensland Australia Wednesday November 25 2015 In 2011 the city of Ipswich published

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