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    of these communities don t know about each other which means that each has to re invent the wheel instead of learning from others experience and experiments That s one reason ICF is planning a global virtual summit for these communities The limited distribution of this news also encourages major national global philanthropic foundations to give up hope for rural areas in the US Dr Fluharty noted that less than five percent of philanthropy goes to American rural areas although twenty percent of the population lives there He also emphasized that doing something about rural broadband and development is a national issue not something to be merely dealt with locally He even classified it as a national security issue because the countryside holds so much of the country s critical resources our food not the least The problem is that for many national leaders especially members of Congress the mental image of the countryside is of past decline and abandonment The national media reinforce that image So they may feel it s a hopeless problem and or have no idea what might be happening that ought to be encouraged Many of our current national leaders also have forgotten the common understanding of the founders of the USA that a large country would only succeed if it was brought together That s why building postal roads is one of the few specific responsibilities given to Congress in the constitution It s why the Erie Canal was built the Land Grant colleges etc We seem to have forgotten what led to our success In this century physical roads aren t enough Digital communications are just as important Of course not all public officials are oblivious There was a keynote by Lisa Mensah Under Secretary for Rural Development of the US Department of Agriculture Representative Bill Johnson Republican of Ohio s 6th District opened the conference with a statement about the importance of rural broadband for urban economies Senator Al Franken of Minnesota closed the conference by saying he viewed rural broadband in the same way people viewed rural electrification decades ago a basic necessity and common right of the American people Or as he said A no brainer Along with these misperceptions on the part of media national officials and foundations is the failure to recognize the increasing integration of rural and urban areas The boundaries are getting fuzzy Even residence is no longer clear There are an increasing number of people especially knowledge workers and creative folks who may spend 3 4 days a week in a city and 3 4 days a week in the countryside They may contact you via broadband Internet and you won t know which location they re in Are they rural residents or urban residents or is that an increasingly meaningless question Finally in the question and answer part of the conference one of the many operators of rural communications companies there pointed out that they know how to deploy broadband and run it but that their communities need help figuring out what to do with it Of course that provided me an opportunity to discuss ICF s accelerator program and workshops that help community leaders do exactly that Monday September 14 2015 European Migrants Problem or Opportunity Every day now the migrants flow north by the thousands from the arc of chaos on the Mediterranean s southern shore Their fearful inspiring stories grip the world and confront the nations of the European Union with yet another challenge to unity Whether to let the migrants in whether to let them leave where and how to distribute them how generously to meet them these are fundamental questions of policy and humanity One answer comes from the German and Austrian citizens who flock to train and bus stations bearing food and clothing calling out greetings to exhausted travelers They challenge us all to find the compassion hidden in our hearts They remind us of the many times a stranger helped us without being asked Yet in all of the news coverage of this immense human drama there is one bit of reporting I have yet to see Everyone is worrying about costs and burden sharing Everyone fears social tensions and the rise of hate crimes targeting immigrants The missing story is about the future wealth and economic growth the immigrants are bringing with them Migration is a powerful force in our global economy In our book Brain Gain we looked at the research on its economic impact Are immigrants a drain on the public purse America s National Research Council says no It found that the average immigrant contributes about US 80 000 more in taxes over a lifetime than he or she receives in public services Do immigrants threaten our prosperity Hardly By increasing the supply of labor they boost growth The UK s Centre for Economics and Business Research concluded in 2013 that immigration from the EU contributes 20 billion US 33 billion to the British economy In New York City where I work the ten neighborhoods with the greatest concentration of immigrants have stronger economic growth than the rest of the city Do immigrants bring crime and disorder A 2012 study by the Pew Research Center found exactly the opposite In Los Angeles as just one example immigrant youth are less involved in crime and violence than their native born peers We reap what we sow Rapid immigration brings real problems but also big benefits Your city or region gets to choose which will dominate If you treat migrants like criminals shove them into ghettos and deny them opportunity you get the problems If you find ways to accept them and manage the real issues and problems they bring your community stands to gain new economic energy and a richer and more diverse society That is why the sight of ordinary people in train and bus stations across Germany and Austria welcoming migrants is so inspiring Community intelligence is not really a matter of

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    form for the 2016 Awards Program The 2016 ICF Awards Program nomination form presents a set of multiple choice and short answer questions plus a small number of narrative questions requiring a more detailed explanation The multiple choice and short answer questions will let ICF evaluate the state of progress in Intelligent Community development The narrative questions offer a chance to explain specific projects and initiatives and to share a community s aspirations for the future ICF believes that these changes will reduce the workload for nominating communities ease the task of reviewing the forms by ICF s analysts and remove the unintended advantage that a purely essay based form provides for native English speaking communities Our academic analysts Institute leaders and international jury have all contributed to the revamping of the nomination form said co founder Robert Bell who manages the analytic process In 17 multiple choice and short answer questions as well as 6 narrative questions it lets a community showcase its achievements and share its aspirations for the future ICF will be conducting a series of orientation webinars to provide an overview and answer questions regarding the 2016 Awards Program nomination forms The webinars are free to attend and will take place on July 23 July 28 August 25 and August 27 Interested communities are invited to attend to learn more about the ICF Awards Program The 2016 Theme From Revolution to Renaissance In 2015 the Intelligent Community Forum focused on the study of urban and regional planning and how it is impacting the way people live work and create in their cities and towns with its theme The Revolutionary Community ICF has decided to continue with the theme for a second year extending it based on the lessons learned from the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2015 How do city builders plan for a future of economic technological and environmental disruption asked co founder John Jung an urban planner by training The Intelligent Communities in our network have remarkable lessons to share with cities and regions around the world and our 2016 theme gives them a chance to do it This second phase of ICF s examination of urban and regional planning called From Revolution to Renaissance will continue the research that has been ongoing since last year More information about the theme can be found on the Nominations page at www intelligentcommunity org nominations The New Criteria Sustainability The 2016 Awards Program also marks the first time Sustainability will be one of the indicators upon which nominating communities are evaluated Included last year in a pilot program Sustainability has officially been added as the sixth Intelligent Community Indicator Improving current living standards while maintaining the ability of future generations to do the same is at the core of sustainability Throughout human history economic growth has always involved the consumption of more resources and the production of more waste As humanity begins to push up against the limits of the ecosystem to provide resources and absorb waste

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    Hu was introduced by Bruce Linghu the representative of the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office TECO of Canada During his introduction Ambassador Linghu noted that Dr Hu had also headed the nation s TECO organization during his distinguished career The Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year Award is presented to an individual or organization that has taken a leadership role in promoting broadband technology and applications as an essential and transformative human utility and whose work has had global impact on the entire Intelligent Community movement Dr Hu was cited for his decades of work but specifically his role as Taichung mayor where he transformed the Mechanical Kingdom of Asia into a high tech creative hub that is both the third largest exporter of precision machinery and with Asia s largest new opera house a cultural center Read more about the 2015 Visionary of the Year Dr Chih Chiang Jason Hu here The Intelligent Community Forum is an independent think tank and presented the awards as part of its annual Summit The Summit was held outside of New York for the first time since 2003 ICF returned to Toronto where the movement was born 20 years ago during the founders first event Smart 95 The ICF Summit was attended by 500 thought leaders from around the world including the world s 2015 Top7 Intelligent Communities and previous Intelligent Communities of the Year including New York Calgary Waterloo Toronto Eindhoven Taipei and Taichung The event was produced in association with ICF Canada and host city partners Waterfront Toronto the City of Toronto Invest Toronto and a number of sponsoring organizations Mayors city managers CIOs and executives of leading technology companies from around the world as well as academics economic developers and urban planners are part of the Intelligent Community movement and participated in the five day Summit www icfsummit2015 com Intelligent Community of the Year 2015 Snapshot Columbus Ohio USA Columbus is a city of sharp contrasts The capital of the state of Ohio it has the highest metropolitan concentration of Fortune 1000 companies in America and is the home of the research school Ohio State University OSU and Battelle the world s biggest private research institute But the city also has a large low income population stranded by the decline of low skilled factory employment and is ranked 46 th out of the 50 largest US cities for upward mobility As a result average per capita income trails America s and its employers struggle to find qualified staff while unemployment and low wage jobs afflict too many citizens Municipal Broadband Attracts Competitors Columbus attacked these challenges on multiple fronts and through collaboration among government education business and institutions It is also leading a regional approach to economic development with surrounding communities including 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

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    A Digital Hub project and Digital Enterprise program are equipping citizens and business with digital skills while Ipswich begins a major redevelopment of its city center where digital technologies will be used to attract tenants and to improve public safety Green standards will make the center one of the most sustainable in Australia Mitchell South Dakota USA Making its first appearance as a Top7 Intelligent Community of the Year the rural community of Mitchell has been shaped by declining demand for employment in agriculture A strategic plan developed in the late 1980s named Vision 2000 called for a community wide emphasis on education healthcare infrastructure and recreation It led to the merger of two hospitals creating a unified healthcare system that became the city s biggest employer and the construction of new schools that partnered with the local university and recreation center to advance educational excellence Telecommunications development has created another economy on top of Mitchell s agricultural one consisting of engineering consulting and software companies that have made Mitchell into a regional hub for expertise and services ICF said it demonstrates the hope that broadband and new ideas in planning offer to rural communities and towns New Taipei City Taiwan New Taipei City is appearing for the second consecutive year as a Top7 Intelligent Community a feat all the more impressive because the city was only formed in 2010 from the county surrounding Taiwan s capital city of Taipei Mayor Eric Chu the founding mayor of the city and a national political figure set out to transform a loose collection of suburban cities and rural land into a unified metropolis Massive investment went into high speed roads and rails to unite the doughnut shaped city while broadband advances coupled with a Knowledge Bridge project has driven industry university collaboration projects and provided talent and job matchmaking Rio de Janeiro Brazil Rio de Janeiro a first time Top7 Intelligent Community of the Year is a city as famous for its natural beauty and Carnival spirit as for its crime plagued slums But ambition good luck and more innovative leadership have given the city a boost Rio s hosting of the 2014 World Cup as well as winning the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympics gave the city opportunities to revitalize itself plan a range of future centered activities including a better transportation system and to deal with long standing infrastructure problems ICT programs such as The Knowledge Squares and The Rio Datamine have also helped Rio in it s mission to create a future worthy of its nickname Cidade Maravilhosa or the Marvelous City Surrey British Columbia Canada Surrey another first time Top7 Intelligent Community is a city in transition from a suburban past in the shadow of Vancouver to a sustainable urban future 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

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    Rural Imperative efforts worldwide Roberto Gallardo an associate Extension professor at MSU and the MSU institute s leader said Mississippi will become a focal point for a worldwide effort designed to capitalize on the many opportunities and challenges rural communities face when transitioning to and planning for the digital age From workforce development to civic engagement to telehealth to retaining youth this partnership with the Intelligent Community Forum offers Mississippi s rural communities and eventually the Southeast and the nation a chance to learn from 20 years of research and the identification of best practices Gallardo said The institute at MSU will conduct both research and outreach on the digital age The institute will help communities better transition and plan for the digital age through an educational planning process The institute can also help communities participate in an international Intelligent Community Award process which creates recognition for communities that excel Joy Foy director of the Mississippi Development Authority s Asset Development Division said this new collaboration will benefit Mississippi communities The Mississippi Development Authority welcomes the opportunity to work collaboratively with the MSU Extension Service and the Intelligent Community Institute to build on the state s successes thus far in meeting the challenges of the digital economy Foy said MDA and the Asset Development Division look forward to the added value that the institute will bring to our existing partnership with MSUES EDITORS NOTE A video of Roberto Gallardo and Lou Zacharilla discussing the MSU Intelligent Community Institute is available for free and unrestricted use Here is the link to the video https www youtube com watch v q3I UfobNHs About Intelligent Community Forum The Intelligent Community Forum www intelligentcommunity org headquartered in New York is a global movement of 134 cities towns and regions As an international think tank

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    Zealand Perhaps surprisingly no European or Chinese community appears on this year s list Thirteen communities reappeared on the list with the ICF s first Kazakhstani city making the Smart21 NOTE The Intelligent Community Forum produced a video about the Smart21 for 2015 It can be viewed here https www youtube com watch v iZo6o5TOch8 Intelligent Community Forum Smart21 Communities for 2015 Community Country Population Arlington County Virginia USA 210 280 Astana Kazakhstan 832 000 Aurora Illinois USA 203 008 Changhua County Taiwan 1 300 000 Columbus Ohio USA 822 553 Dubuque Iowa USA 58 253 Edmonton Alberta Canada 877 926 Ipswich Queensland Australia 185 000 Mitchell South Dakota USA 15 254 Nairobi County Kenya 3 380 000 New Taipei City Taiwan 3 959 855 Prospect and the Eastern Region Alliance South Australia Australia 296 862 Rio de Janeiro Brazil 6 453 682 Sherbrooke Quebec Canada 169 200 Shiojiri City Japan 67 824 Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia 278 202 Surrey British Columbia Canada 502 000 Taitung County Taiwan 226 252 Taoyuan County Taiwan 2 050 600 Whanganui New Zealand 43 100 Whittlesea Victoria Australia 186 368 The announcement of the Smart21 list was made at the kickoff dinner for the 3 rd annual Intelligent Community Symposium at Walsh University Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community in North Canton Ohio USA The Symposium attracts international experts in the fields of education technology and business to discuss successful strategies for building prosperous and sustainable communities The event featured Google s Education Evangelist Jaimie Casap and Tim Jones Toronto s legendary social entrepreneur and CEO of Artscape Jones coined the phrase placemaking and helped foster a global practice in the field The Symposium also marked the launch of the Institute s Leadership Academy a course designed to educate students community leaders and ICF movement champions on the Intelligent Community Indicators Evaluation of Intelligent Community Forum Awards Program nominations is based on the five Intelligent Community Indicators which provide the conceptual framework for understanding all of the factors that determine a community s competitiveness and point to its success in the broadband economy In addition the Awards are guided by this year s theme The Revolutionary Community which focuses on the study of urban and regional planning and how it is impacting the way people live work and create in their cities and towns ICF released a white paper discussing the theme which can be downloaded here The Smart21 Communities of 2015 will next provide more detailed data through an extensive questionnaire which is evaluated by an independent research firm The seven highest scoring cities or regions will then be named the Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year on January 22 in Taichung City Taiwan the 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year In June of 2015 at an event in Toronto Ontario Canada the 2014 Intelligent Community of the Year one community will be chosen to succeed Toronto as the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year About Intelligent Community Forum The Intelligent

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    and the University of Oulu are announcing the launch of a new research collaboration to study innovation platforms and innovative policies in three of ICF s top level Intelligent Communities The study will be conducted in the cities of Taichung

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    be more subtle a dawning awareness that the community faces profound risks to its future In response to crisis Intelligent Communities hold public consultations launch programs and build infrastructure that they hope will create a new foundation for prosperity and wellbeing But once the crisis is past how do Intelligent Communities maintain their momentum and avoid being caught unprepared by the next wave of change They engage in urban and regional planning a deliberate strategic and collaborative effort to design a prosperous inclusive and sustainable future for their people But this is planning with a difference They know that today s disruptions in technology the economy and the environment will only grow more intense They understand the profound impact that the Broadband Economy will have on their physical form the delivery of services and their competitive advantages So they approach the planning of land use and infrastructure sustainability and community development in revolutionary ways Creativity is added to the mix in ways never before imagined In the process they reinvent what it means to plan More information will become available in a white paper The Revolutionary Community to be published on the Nominations page at www intelligentcommunity org nominations Urban planning has to adapt to the same forces that are transforming cities towns and regions said Intelligent Community Forum co founder John G Jung an urban design expert The risk for planners today is that if they only pay attention to the physical form of the city or region without taking its virtual form into account they will increasingly be out of step with the needs of the places for which they are planning Criteria for Becoming an Intelligent Community Evaluation of nominations is based on the ICF s five Intelligent Community Indicators which provide the conceptual framework for understanding all of the factors that determine a community s competitiveness and point to its success in the broadband economy This year the Intelligent Community Forum is piloting the addition of a sixth Indicator focusing on environmental sustainability In addition to the Community Indicators this year s Intelligent Community Awards are guided by the 2015 theme Stages of the Program The Awards program is a 12 month three stage process First Stage The Smart21 After review of nominations received from cities and regions worldwide by an international academic team the Intelligent Community Forum will announce the Smart21 Communities of the Year on Oct 21 2014 The announcement will be made at Walsh University in Ohio USA home to the Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community Second Stage The Top7 The Intelligent Community Forum invites the Smart21 to complete a detailed questionnaire which is evaluated by an independent research firm The seven highest scoring cities or regions are then named as the Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year The Top7 will be announced on Jan 22 2015 in Taichung City Taiwan the 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year The Top7 become the focus of intense interest around the world among

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