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    the Top Seven Intelligent Communities pages of the ICF Web site Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year 2008 Scot Rourke President OneCommunity Cleveland Ohio In late March ICF named Scot Rourke President of OneCommunity in Cleveland Ohio as the Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year for 2008 Mr Rourke was selected based on his groundbreaking work as a social entrepreneur in Northeast Ohio and his willingness to share hard won lessons in ICT based economic development with communities across the United States and around the world Under Rourke s leadership OneCommunity forged partnerships with the region s telephone and cable carriers under which the carriers donated unused fiber optic circuits to OneCommunity and OneCommunity contracted for last mile fiber and VPN services from the carriers The result was an ultra broadband network connecting the major government institutional and nonprofit users in the region In recognition of OneCommunity s achievements the Intelligent Community Forum named Cleveland as one of its Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year in 2006 and honored Northeast Ohio with a Top Seven ranking in 2008 ICF exists to identify and share best practices in the development of competitive and inclusive communities in today s Broadband Economy said ICF Co Founder and Executive Director Robert Bell We are proud to honor Scot s success with OneCommunity but honor even more his efforts to share the secrets of his success with others More on OneCommunity and Scot Rourke can be found on the ICF Web site ICF Founders Awards The X Road Middleware Platform Tallin Estonia Gangnam Academic Aptitude Broadcasting Seoul South Korea Dundee City Council The ICF Founders Awards identify individuals applications organizations and innovations within Intelligent Communities that are transforming life in the broadband economy for the common good The Founders Awards attempt to identify best practices sustained programs or inspiring initiatives and give them global recognition through ICF s Intelligent Community of the Year awards program The three awards are selected by ICF s founders based on their own study observations or visits to Intelligent Communities around the world The 2008 ICF Founders Awards recipients are X Road Tallin Estonia As Tallinn continues its Tiger Leap toward a truly robust mobile broadband economy while consolidating dozens of everyday civic economic and personal applications through the use of a single ID card there is a need for a platform bridge In the information technology world this is called middleware because it bridges between the Web and pre Web systems Since 1999 Tallinn has invested heavily in IT for government and civic programs producing a huge number of independent databases and systems in many different departments To help users in government business and the public find what they need the government created X Road a middleware platform X Road not only allows different systems to talk to each other securely but also includes standard tools to speed the development of new online services Instead of months and years X Road makes it possible to develop new e

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    picture and to take into consideration ways to make the community a more attractive and productive place for employers to start and grow businesses that will prosper in the Broadband Economy The paper examines how Intelligent Communities from around the world are meeting those goals E Government and Broadband Broadband has been shown to make a net contribution to economic growth at the community level Investments by communities in deploying e government projects that contribute to economic growth by utilizing or sponsoring broadband expansion have paid dividends The white paper uses examples from among the 66 communities that ICF has named as Intelligent Communities since its inception It cites communities such as the French city of Issy les Moulineaux a former Top Seven Intelligent Community of the Year which began working in 1994 to put its government online The publication of a formal Local Information Plan in 1996 led Issy to become the first community in France to outsource its entire IT infrastructure to a for profit company Euriware By 2006 local government s IT and communications infrastructure had undergone vast changes Government school library and health care buildings were fully wired with broadband and there was one PC for every 11 students in the primary schools The multimedia City Council room began broadcasting deliberations via cable TV and the Web and accepting citizen input in real time A robust e government portal provided online public procurement online training access to a citizen relationship management system called IRIS and even online voting And the outsourcing contract allowed Issy to substantially reduce costs In a 2005 survey the city ranked among the lowest 96th out of 110 French cities of more than 50 000 inhabitants for operating costs The population has grown 35 since 1990 swelling tax revenues without any increase in the government payroll The impact on economic development has been profound Today 60 of the companies based in Issy les Moulineaux are in information and communications technology including Cisco Systems Europe France Telecom Hewlett Packard Orange Internet Sybase Canal Canal Satellite Eurosport France 5 and France 24 A partnership between the city and France Telecom s R D facility has made Issy a test bed for new applications like fiber to the home which is currently deployed to a test group of 4 000 households Business attraction and growth have been so robust that Issy les Moulineaux currently has more jobs than residents a claim that few cities in the world can make The Intelligent Community Forum has the unique advantage of having access to many communities around the world who are actively investing in broadband infrastructure technology and innovative applications to improve their economic status and the lifestyle of their citizens said Robert Bell ICF Co founder and Executive Director and author of the white paper E government is about efficiency and better governance but just as important it s about economic competitiveness education partnerships and the creation of a broadband culture The communities that have made our

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    businesses and is using ICT to substantially reduce its carbon footprint Gangnam District Seoul South Korea With only 2 5 of Seoul s population this district produces 25 of the city s economic activity and has invested its wealth in the next generation of e government Since 1995 a relentless digital drive has reduced the cost of government while delivering online services education quality of life programs and e democracy to citizens Over 70 of citizens have received ICT training through schools community centers and a TV GOV program Top Seven 2007 Northeast Ohio USA The communities of this region are rising from the ashes of deindustrialization to recreate the entrepreneurial business political and social culture that produced its first wave of prosperity A successful fiber network deployment by OneCommunity has been leveraged by government and nonprofits to jumpstart new investment improve healthcare delivery bring the best in culture and education to urban schools and engage tens of thousands of area leaders in collaboration over regional economic development Tallinn Estonia A suggestion by Estonia s president in 1995 that schools be connected to the Internet led to an ICT revolution that has linked 100 of Tallinn s secondary schools to the Web and established over 600 public access points More than 100 000 adults have received ICT training while e government programs have produced one of the most advanced smart card systems in Europe and a middleware program that slashes the costs of e government It was not until 1994 that the last Russian troops left the country yet today Tallinn receives 77 of all foreign direct investment into Estonia and seven out of ten in its workforce are in the service sector Top Seven 2007 Westchester County New York USA This suburb of New York City was largely ignored by broadband carriers until it amassed demand from public agencies and built a multi gigabit fiber network that now serves over 3 500 companies Determined to maintain the quality of life that is its most compelling advantage the county has invested in promoting business growth improving the skills of its workforce and fighting digital exclusion in a community that has seen new immigrants become 35 of its population Winston Salem North Carolina USA Powerful government business academic collaboration led by Wake Forest University permitted this former tobacco capital to build a fiber network that spurred demand and led to an 88 broadband penetration rate The partners have used this digital foundation to develop free computer labs across the region create an e government portal that is number three in the nation and build a sustainable ICT skills training program The city and county now count 37 000 biotech employees as residents and will fund a program to put PCs and broadband connections into the homes of low income students A Highly Anticipated 10 Month International Awards Program On January 14 the Smart21 were honored at a reception at the Pacific Telecommunications Council s annual conference PTC 08 in Honolulu Hawaii

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    leads the nation in all categories including R D investments Fredericton New Brunswick Canada A community of 81 000 that was named the smartest in North America by Cisco Fredericton has used its community network to leverage traditional strengths in forestry and agriculture with new technology Cited for its goal to use broadband to enhance e democracy for a new generation of citizens Gangnam gu District Seoul South Korea A leading community and district which drives 25 of all economic activity within Seoul and is the heart of its e government innovations They recently commercialized a new wireless broadband Internet service called Wibro combining mobility and high speed for a range of business social and digital divide functions Gold Coast City Australia Long range planning and strategy have enabled this long and narrow city without a central business district to use broadband to continue to balance its tourist economy A broadband expansion project has extended access to 2 000 businesses and coverage now exceeds 95 Hammarby Sjostad Sweden The newest district and community in Sweden Hammarby Sjostad has incorporated future proofing principles based on ICF s vision It boasts the first broadband network in Europe to be Access Directive compliant under new EU rules Hwa Seong Dong Tan Korea The second Korean community on the 2008 list Hwaseong and its new Dong Tan community incorporates the vision of the U City where information access will be ubiquitous The community is using IT to make its own construction a model of efficiency Hyderabad India The community is experiencing tremendous growth and has become a destination for IT businesses Its vision is to become a complete knowledge hub by 2020 building on its current broadband network and realizing the gap that remains in the community to offer access to every citizen through a technology organization managed by the State government Isle of Man UK Crown Protectorate 93 of the residents on this Crown Dependency are satisfied with the quality of life Through innovative use of clustering and technology it again is one of the most successful economies in Europe using technology in support of its robust banking finance and space related industries Malta The smallest EU country may be the surprise choice of this year s Smart21 It supports an ICT industry of 200 companies and 6 000 workers and in support of an aggressive plan to produce knowledge workers and keep its lead in innovation offers free education to its citizens and community technology learning centers in cooperation with Microsoft and other tech companies Northeast Ohio USA The communities of this region of Ohio under the inspiration of Cleveland based OneCommunity and a collaborative group of non profits and other stakeholders especially in the healthcare sector have accelerated the pace of institutions connected to their innovative network platform enabling an impressive recovery in the regional economy Tallinn Estonia Broadband and e services have continued to sustain a services sector which dominates the economy One of the first countries in post Soviet

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    and information technology efficiently to create jobs and more cohesive open communities Intelligent Communities tend to be good marketers said ICF s Chairman and co founder John G Jung Top Seven Communities celebrate their position by doing aggressive media hanging banners through the community holding forums town meetings and special events to energize citizens and incorporating the recognition into their economic development and even school and library programs Third Stage Intelligent Community of the Year On May 16 at a luncheon ceremony in New York City ICF will name one of the Top Seven as its Intelligent Community of the Year This event takes place at the conclusion of the think tank s annual Building the Broadband Economy conference at New York s Polytechnic University The Top Seven are honored in New York throughout the conference and are celebrated at a special reception in Manhattan which is attended by New York City elected and administrative officials conference attendees and VIPs Economy Prosperity and Inclusion in the Broadband Economy ICF defines Intelligent Communities as ones that prepare themselves their citizens and employers for inclusive economic growth in the Broadband Economy This is ICF s term for the economic impact of global broadband connectivity Cheap high capacity communication has made capital investment highly mobile It has let companies unleash collaboration across times zones and cultures boosting productivity creating employment and improving living standards A single measure makes clear the impact of information and communications technologies From 1870 to 1970 the number of people living on more than 1 US dollar a year adjusted for inflation grew by 157 million while the number living on less than 1 dollar a day also grew by 45 million From 1990 to 2000 the number of people living on more than 1 dollar a day grew by 890 million while the number living on less shrank by 139 million The challenge to communities however is just as profound as the potential benefit said Mr Jung While global business may be mobile communities are not Communities everywhere have the same goal to be a place where people can raise their children and provide enough economic opportunity to let those children stay there and raise families of their own While promoting growth on the global level broadband is also eliminating the traditional advantages of location natural resources and industrial might on which many communities have been founded resulting in sharp declines in their economic fortunes population and social welfare Fortunately broadband also has the power to provide communities with new opportunities for research learning entertainment and collaboration with others around the world For communities that are prepared to exploit it creatively broadband can become the new competitive weapon of the 21st Century Broadband turns small companies into global exporters It brings the latest information tools and resources into schools government and business It vastly improves the quality of medical care It creates new types of companies and jobs even entirely new industries While the Broadband Economy threatens the

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    in intellectual property they developed at the University When the introduction of the personal computer began a decades long wave of ICT growth Waterloo was positioned to benefit Investors have poured C 1 8 billion US 1 5bn into acquiring privately held technology companies in the area over the past decade and the region is home to 10 of successful IPOs on the Toronto Stock Exchange In Waterloo 75 of adults use the Internet while 76 of businesses and 47 of households are on broadband ICF does not however present its top community award for past achievement Most important to us said ICF co founder Louis Zacharilla who made the announcement at the Intelligent Community of the Year Awards Luncheon is that Waterloo has never stopped raising the bar Waterloo s government has engaged actively with business and citizens in planning for a prosperous future It introduced the award winning Waterloo Information Network in 1998 and offers a wide range of online services to better connect government and its stakeholders They are active in CAP the national program that places Internet access terminals in public locations Most importantly the community has an extraordinary culture of collaboration and reinvestment People in Waterloo make partnership a priority and are eager to give back to the entire community Examples include the many research institutes founded by successful Waterloo entrepreneurs company donations that have turned Waterloo s libraries into ICT learning centers a Launchpad 50K Venture Creation Competition for students researchers and citizens run by two universities and the Waterloo Region Immigrant Employment Network More information on Waterloo is available at www intelligentcommunity org Intelligent Facility of the Year Cornell Agriculture Food Technology Park A 72 acre facility in an area of upstate New York called the Finger Lakes region was selected as ICF s Intelligent Facility of the Year The Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park www theTechnologyFarm com allows food and agricultural companies to leverage the knowledge of Cornell University known for its leadership in the study and research of agriculture as well as a robust R D infrastructure including state of the art broadband communications The Park nicknamed The Technology Farm opened in 2005 to support the commercialization of new technologies in the food and agriculture business It is the first of an expanding group of facilities intended to make upstate New York more economically viable The facility identified by ICF is a 20 000 square foot flex tech incubator that provides offices to 10 agri tech tenants from around the world and offers wet labs and pilot production facilities The Park is owned by Cornell Agriculture Food Technology Park Corporation a non profit organization with strategic partners including New York State Experiment Station Ontario NY County and Key Bank This is a great example of how a local culture need not try to become a Silicon Valley but can use its historic and geographic strengths together with the intellectual capital from great universities and harness them to broadband for good

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    of disruption Brain Gain How Innovative cities create job growth in an age of disruption is a survival manual for cities and regions on how to build economic prosperity and meet social challenges in an age of technological change Why has the global economy created a projected jobs gap of 75 million persons Why are jobless recoveries now commonplace and why are middle skilled jobs being erased Brain Gain explains how innovation combined with Information and Communications Technology ICT is driving global economic change and has created a new force to be dealt with the global connectivity of the broadband Internet Brain Gain probes the big issues of work and well being the innovation economy offshoring immigration and the future of big cities and small towns as they deal with the broadband economy Innovation and advances in communications technology destroy jobs but also create new ones cities must decide if they want to take actions that will provide a brain gain or a brain drain The book explores these crucial issues through the experiences of cities and regions that have faced challenging problems and found imaginative solutions With the guidance of the Intelligent Community Forum citizens in aspiring communities have

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    Lee Ming Construction Company provides civil engineering design paint project contracting business and gravel building materials and hardware trading It serve private and public sector customers throughout Taiwan On any given day every moment matters to someone somewhere And every moment Motorola Solutions innovations products and services play essential roles in people s lives We help firefighters see around buildings and police officers see around street corners We make supply chains visible to retailers and entire power grids visible to utility workers We provide the situational awareness first responders need when a moment brings catastrophe And we help companies deliver shipments at the moment they re promised We do this by connecting them to seamless communication networks applications and services by providing them with real time information and by arming them with intuitive nearly indestructible handheld devices Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission critical communication products solutions and services for government and enterprise customers Through leading edge innovation and communications technology it s a global leader that enables its customers to be their best in the moments that matter Oulun Energia together with its subsidiaries provides high standard and reliable energy services primarily in Northern Finland It engages in the generation transmission distribution and sales of electricity and district heat and provides energy related construction and maintenance services in an effective environmentally friendly and competitive way Northern energy is produced close to Oulun Energia s customers at low cost in a reliable and sustainable way In power plants owned by Oulun Energia local energy resources peat wood water and wind turn into power and heat to be transmitted through its own distribution and regional networks Since 1889 Oulun Energia has contributed to the well being of people in the Northern areas and prosperity to the region s enterprises Its headquarters are in Oulu Finland and it is owned by the City of Oulu Established in 1895 Riverside Public Utilities RPU is a consumer owned water and electric utility that provides high quality reliable services to over 106 000 metered electric customers and 63 000 metered water customers throughout the City of Riverside California Governed by a Board of nine community volunteers RPU maintains some of the lowest water and electric rates in Southern California and is proud to offer its customers a variety of innovative programs that provide valuable rebates and services designed to increase water and energy conservation and help promote a thriving community in which to live and work From installing the world s first in pipe hydroelectric turbine to planting more than 114 000 shade trees to providing rebates for the installation of more than 430 solar systems citywide that produce nearly 5 megawatts of clean energy the Utility is committed to the increased use of renewable energy resources and sustainable living practices RPU remains committed to supporting new technologies and projects that help reduce environmental impacts within the City of Riverside and California It meets and surpasses state goals for renewable energy that allow

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