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    American Life Project and the Digital Schoolbag of Besançon France The awards will be presented during the Intelligent Community of the Year awards ceremony held at Steiner Film Studios in Brooklyn New York at 1 00 PM ET on 21 May at the conclusion of ICF s annual Building the Broadband Economy Summit www icfsummit com which takes place 19 21 May 2010 The invitation only Summit is organized by ICF and hosted by the Polytechnic Institute of New York University Honorees are selected each year by ICF s co founders as part of the annual Intelligent Community Awards The Founders Awards offer global recognition to individuals applications organizations and innovations within Intelligent Communities that represent inspiring models of good practice or contribute to better understanding of the Broadband Economy More about the 2010 ICF Founders Awards Digital Schoolbag Besançon France A university town and regional capital the City of Besançon grew wealthy from the manufacture of clocks and watches metallurgy textiles and food processing until global competition for timepieces in the 1970s sent the economy into severe decline The community fought back by leveraging its universities and grands écoles where 24 000 students are enrolled and finding new outlets for the skills of its citizens in precision manufacturing Today Besançon is the base for 8 900 vibrant businesses and three global competitiveness clusters the microtechnology competitiveness cluster the biomedical and biotechnological engineering cluster and the nanotechnologies automation microrobotics and microplasturgy cluster In 1994 it became the first French city with a fiber network connecting all government and quasi government facilities In 2003 Besançon also became the first city providing computer equipment to all children of the same age class and their families Within the Digital Schoolbag project all 3rd grade students receive a multimedia computer package Given to the

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    the city is known for its clusters of life science computer gaming software and animation companies Dundee has also become the home of an annual Dare to be Digital competition that brings talented young developers to the city to showcase video game prototypes The 3i group is investing 30 million in laying fiber optic cable throughout the city sewer network While the recession has trimmed overall employment 2 from 2004 to 2009 employment in the knowledge economy grew 5 over the period Eindhoven Netherlands The Eindhoven metropolitan area has long been the industrial heart of the Netherlands In the past ten years it has gained more than 30 000 new jobs and been among the top three regions in Europe for new patents The number of business starts per year has grown 275 since 2000 and the region has become Holland s second biggest export hub after Rotterdam which is the largest seaport in Europe At a time when so much manufacturing has moved to lower cost locations much of the credit for Eindhoven s success goes to Brainport a public private organization that operates an open and flexible platform for innovation Broadband and IT have been at the heart of this innovation engine from the beginning and it is being used in creative ways to maintain a high quality of life Ottawa Ontario Canada The resilience of the Ottawa model stems from clear strategy robust broadband for all multiple public private partnerships and a relentless focus on education and start ups A new Ottawa Innovation Strategy is being developed to fast track job business and investment creation After public private investments extended broadband to rural areas 75 of business owners there believe that connectivity has improved their sales and profitability The partnerships and programs led by the Ottawa Centre for Research Innovation are almost too many to count Universities offer entrepreneurship training to faculty members and graduate and undergraduate programs in computer games sustainable energy engineering animation and IT One program funded by a venture capital firm pairs new graduates with seasoned entrepreneurs to bring new technology for market in as little as one year Suwon South Korea Suwon responded to the 1997 financial crisis that swept Asia with ambitious goals and sweeping plans to adapt its economy to prosper in the 21st Century Local government launched a major e government effort to reduce costs improve access to information and better serve citizens Today residents and businesses go online for one stop access to taxation property registration welfare environmental and other services over Suwon s wired and wireless broadband network offering 10 100 Mbps speeds to 100 of residents and organizations The city has also poured resources and effort into lifelong education With the largest municipal education budget in South Korea Suwon renovated libraries and IT centers and hired large numbers of English language teachers to equip students with the world s business language Finally Suwon focused economic development efforts on small to midsize companies SMEs through a series

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    in developing nations as well as industrialized ones suburbs as well as cities the hinterland as well as the coast Communities on the Smart21 and Top Seven lists range from world renowned cities such as Stockholm 2009 Intelligent Community of the Year Taipei Singapore Seoul New York and London to less well known communities including Bristol Virginia USA Waterloo Ontario Canada LaGrange Georgia USA and Pirai Brazil The ICF awards program uses an analytic methodology that factors out community size and focuses on five Intelligent Community Indicators developed by ICF to provide a comparative framework for community development Since we started naming the Intelligent Community of the Year in 2001 the program has gained a tremendous following with communities from around the world Not only is this reflected in the number and quality of the submissions but by the marketing efforts of the communities who are named to the Smart21 Top Seven and of course the Intelligent Community of the Year said John Jung Chairman and Co founder of ICF The 2010 Theme The Education Last Mile Closing the Gap from School to Work Each year ICF selects a theme to supplement the Intelligent Community Indicators The theme focuses on a particular success factor in the work of Intelligent Communities and allows nominees to highlight their achievements in this area In 2010 the theme will be The Education Last Mile Closing the Gap from School to Work In support of the nomination process ICF has published a white paper of the same name The white paper explains and explores the theme in order to guide communities in completing the nomination process In addition ICF looks to raise awareness of a vital issue in community development in the Broadband Economy John F Kennedy once said Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education The human mind is our fundamental resource To which I would add that as communities wish to see success it is measured best by the depth and breadth of its focus on education at all levels The Intelligent Communities who will be honored as Smart21 or Top Seven or the Intelligent Community of the Year will be those who have made a commitment to fostering and retaining talent continued Mr Jung For more of Mr Jung s views see his most recent blog posting on the ICF Web site The white paper provides a revealing look at the current state of the educational market that connects talent in their communities to local work and career opportunities It also offers case studies from several innovative communities that have been honored in ICF s annual Awards program Waterloo Ontario Canada 2007 Intelligent Community of the Year One of North America s major high tech hubs home to BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion and enterprise software maker Open Text Waterloo is a product of universities that built their own last mile and today the city and universities partner on numerous programs to keep the talent

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    role to enhance economic and social development said Zacharilla Also recognized were the recipients of the ICF s Visionary of the Year Award and its three annual Founders Awards The annual awards are presented by the independent think tank as part of its annual conference Building the Broadband Economy produced in association with the Institute for Technology Enterprise at New York University s Polytechnic school in New York USA The goal of the awards is to increase awareness of the role that broadband and information communications technology ICT play in economic and social development at the community level worldwide The mayors CIOs and heads of technology companies from around the world were on hand to meet during the three day invitation only Summit and awards program www icfsummit com Intelligent Community of the Year 2009 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm on Sweden s south central east coast has been Sweden s political cultural and economic center since the 1200s One out of every eleven Swedes lives in Stockholm and in the first decade of the new century their city has continued to find ways to make big work better The economy benefits enormously from Stockholm s status as the political and cultural capital Most of the country s head offices and one in three foreign owned companies are located there Nearly one in three new Swedish companies is located in the county of which Stockholm is the capital Education levels are high 51 of Stockholmers have studied at university levels compared with 35 nationwide and average salaries are proportionally higher During a national fiscal crisis in the early Nineties the City of Stockholm decided to pursue an unusual model in telecommunications The city owned company Stokab started in 1994 to build a fiber optic network throughout the municipality as a level playing

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    Community of the Year in May at the Building the Broadband Economy summit www icsfummit com in New York City ICF has presented these awards since 1999 to honor the achievements of communities tackling the complex tasks of building and maintaining competitive and inclusive local economies in the global Broadband Economy Selection of honorees is based on evaluation by two sets of independent experts as well as the vote of a select international jury The white paper examines the economic and social challenges faced by each community and the mix of strategy experimentation and execution that has created a sustainable foundation for economic growth The analysis is based on performance within ICF s five Intelligent Community Indicators broadband deployment the ability to create and sustain a knowledge based workforce digital inclusion innovation marketing and advocacy The 2009 Award program also evaluates communities based on their ability to create a culture of use that helps citizens and organizations to make broadband applications a part of their daily lives which increases efficiency expands their knowledge and improves living standards Best Practices of the Top Seven The 2009 white paper identifies a number of best practices from the history of the Top Seven that offer examples to other communities seeking growth in a global economic crisis These range from using existing public and private telecom demand to fund the deployment of broadband to creating a public private partnership dedicated to spurring innovation in business and public sector applications Several of the communities have also found striking ways to build culture of use by involving the young and old poor and affluent in digital technologies All of the communities in ICF s Top Seven share common characteristics said ICF Executive Director Robert Bell They have recognized and benefited from collaboration among the government business

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    2006 Business start ups during the same period were nearly three times the UK average Mr Carter has moved through a series of leadership positions and today heads the Manchester Digital Development Agency www manchesterdda com part of the City Council that focuses on ICT systems Web new media applications digital cities intelligent energy regeneration citizen engagement and innovation The MDDA works across the Greater Manchester metro area which has a population of 2 5 million people But in true Intelligent Community fashion Mr Carter s work has not stopped at either the municipal or national border Mr Carter is one of the founding members of Telecities a project of the EC s Eurocities network that promotes knowledge sharing among European cities Telecities since renamed the Eurocities Knowledge Society Forum focuses on the development of Intelligent Communities based on platforms similar to those of ICF Through Mr Carter s initiative Manchester was named a Top Seven Intelligent Community in 2006 and appeared on ICF s list of the Smart21 in 2009 Andrew Spano County Executive Westchester County New York USA Under the direction of long time County Executive Andrew J Spano the county north of New York City with a population of nearly one million residents has made its broadband and telecommunications strategy the foundation for continued innovation growth and access While often in the shadow of its neighbor to the south Westchester County generates 10 of all patents in the United States When carriers refused to introduce broadband beyond the profitable business corridor the county government worked with 43 independent local governments as well as library systems schools and hospitals to aggregate demand in order to finance construction of a fiber network That network today serves 3 500 businesses and is saving government and public service agencies large amounts of money The network has been instrumental in the attraction of substantial new investment including other broadband carriers improved educational achievement job creation and an enhanced quality of life Of note to ICF is Mr Spano s lifetime of innovation in re engineering local government processes which has saved tax dollars and created a local culture of use that has made the Internet a major form of communication between government and citizens at every level In 2009 Westchester will launch a registry to allow citizens to sign up online indicating whether they would require special assistance in the event of an emergency Under Mr Spano s leadership Westchester County was named a Top Seven Intelligent Community in 2008 and named to ICF s list of the Smart21 in 2009 Taoyuan County Taiwan In the Age of Obama which is ushering in a new generation of tech savvy leaders Taiwan s youngest magistrate governor Dr Eric Li Luan Chu has led the nation s second largest prefecture for the past eight years With a population of two million and an annual budget of US 1 5 billion Taoyuan County has emerged as the leading industrialized region in Taiwan It is not

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    connecting local providers to leading institutions Eindhoven Netherlands The Eindhoven metropolitan area a 2008 Smart21 has long been the industrial heart of the Netherlands Through a public private collaboration called Brainport the region is ramping up its knowledge economy to maintain and accelerate growth in a hyper competitive global market while at the same time coping with an aging population and shrinking workforce Among more than 40 public private projects are an award winning coop that has brought FTTP and a broadband culture of use to the suburb of Neunen and the SKOOL outsourced IT management system for public schools Fredericton New Brunswick Canada For most of its history government and education were the economic mainstays of Fredericton a 2008 Top Seven When it could not get broadband from the private sector Fredericton founded the e Novations coop which deployed a fiber ring that spurred competition giving the city a 70 penetration rate at speeds of up to 18 Mbps The next step was the Fred eZone wireless network which provides free WiFi service across 65 of the city The combination of broadband entrepreneurship and Fredericton s universities has powered the creation of over 12 000 jobs Issy les Moulineaux France Issy les Moulineax a 2006 Top Seven became the industrial zone of Paris in the early 20th Century only to suffer de industrialization in the post war years Beginning in 1980 a visionary mayor focused policy on creating an innovative IT based knowledge economy implementing e government outsourcing IT needs and taking advantage of liberalization to attract competitive fiber carriers deploying cost effective broadband Public private innovation includes a cyber kindergarten for children cyber tearooms for older citizens citizen e participation in decision making a successful business incubator and ICT based real estate projects Moncton New Brunswick Canada Twenty years ago the Moncton region was a former railroad and industrial hub facing a doubtful future Since then this bilingual community has become a major Canadian customer contact and back office center and built a near shore IT outsourcing industry Private sector carriers have collaborated in the city s growth as a telecom centric economy and helped power the addition of 20 000 new jobs since the early 1990s Stockholm Sweden In the mid 90s Stockholm the economic and political capital of Sweden established a company called Stokab to build an open access fiber network Today the 4 500 km network connects more than 90 competing service providers to government and business customers Though the city already has a 98 broadband penetration rate Stokab will also provide FTTP access to over 95 000 low income households in public housing by the end of 2009 Stockholm also manages KISTA Science City housing more than 1 400 companies plus a support program for start up and early stage companies Tallinn Estonia Three time Top Seven community Tallinn has risen from post Soviet economic ruin to become an economic tiger largely on the strength of ICT Making creative use of people and funding

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    of the Top Seven will succeed Gangnam as Intelligent Community of the Year The Smart21 of 2009 The Smart21 of 2009 includes communities from 12 nations on four continents with populations ranging from 17 000 to 2 5 million Albany New York USA population 94 000 Ashland Oregon USA population 22 000 Bristol Virginia USA population 17 500 Dublin Ohio USA population 40 000 Edmonton Alberta Canada population 1 035 000 Eindhoven Netherlands population 297 000 Fredericton New Brunswick Canada population 50 535 Gold Coast City Queensland Australia population 509 000 Issy les Moulineaux France population 61 000 Kenora Ontario Canada population 17 000 Malta population 405 000 Manchester England UK population 2 500 000 Moncton New Brunswick Canada population 125 000 Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa population 1 200 000 Porto Alegre Brazil population 1 400 000 Riverside California USA population 291 000 Stockholm Sweden population 795 000 Tallinn Estonia population 400 000 Taoyuan County Taiwan population 1 950 000 Trikala Greece population 52 000 Westchester County New York USA population 950 000 Eight of the communities were on the 2008 Smart21 list and three were named to the 2008 Top Seven Ten of the 2009 Smart21 are North American communities seven are from Europe two from Asia Pacific one from South America and one from Africa In addition to individual cities and towns the 2009 Smart21 includes two counties and two multi city metropolitan areas Each of these communities has demonstrated a commitment to improving their communities through innovative broadband applications said Louis Zacharilla ICF Co founder The ingenuity of these communities is exemplified in their investments in the future of the young the growth and progress of job creating businesses and economic security An overarching theme of the 2009 honorees has been the dedication to putting people

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