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    city was struggling for economic vitality Private and Public Investment The software boom on the west side of the State however was dramatizing the existence of new opportunities and a mix of private sector and far sighted public sector investment began to lay the foundations for a new economy The private sector saw promise in the Spokane area and began installing broadband connectivity from fiber to XDSL and cable modem service Public sector investment included Spokane s Educational Metropolitan Area Network a gigabit Ethernet connection to all classrooms in more than 53 schools and colleges an Inland Northwest Community Access Network that offers Internet access training and social service resources to the economically disadvantaged and a state funded rural fiber network deployed by Inland Northwest Health Services connecting Spokane s health care community with the region Terabyte Triangle In 1996 a professor at Eastern Washington University Dr Steve Simmons coined the term Terabyte Triangle which described Spokane s 30 block triangular region around the downtown core which offers one of the densest concentrations of high speed connectivity in the U S Investments valued at more than 1 billion have transformed Spokane and generated a Downtown Renaissance which has launched over

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    was made possible by collaboration The county government worked with 43 local governments an independent library system major hospitals and dozens of school and water districts to pool communication budgets worth 50 million over five years This long and intensive effort provided all the incentive needed for a cable TV company Cablevision Lightpath to build the network Losing customers worth 10 million per year also sparked the interest of the region s carriers which subsequently built and lit three OC192 9900 Mbps fiber rings within the county to create one of the best local telecom infrastructures in the United States Today residential and business customers can select from broadband options ranging from 768 kbps for 15 up to 50 mbps for 90 per month Over 3 500 companies have connected directly to the Westchester Telecom Network as well as more than half of all municipal agencies in the county and all of the county s schools libraries and hospitals The network has permitted Westchester to create attract and retain innovative organizations E government programs built on the network s foundation include FirstFind info a virtual library that provides general and local information to low level readers and adults with limited English skills The Shared Criminal Justice Data Warehouse winner of a 2006 county achievement award is used by county local state and New York City police departments It offers a powerful search system that produces meaningful results from even vague and incomplete data and provides access to aerial photography and GIS mapping A revamped county Web site has become a primary communications tools and receives 22 000 visitors per day compared with 12 000 in 2004 The network also played a direct role in attracting major employers to the county including Nokia New York Life Insurance and Morgan Stanley But small innovative organizations have benefited as well including animation company Blue Sky Studios animator of the movie Ice Age and Pace University Online Learning for Trade Unions which creates distance learning programs in telecommunications Promoting Business Growth Like all Intelligent Communities Westchester has clearly seen that broadband is not enough to secure a prosperous future To create an inclusive and vital local economy it has launched successful programs to promote business growth improve the skills of the workforce and fight digital exclusion The county s Industrial Development Agency and state agencies offer tax abatement and Revolving Loan Fund and Technology Investment Fund programs targeting small business Private investors including Morgan Stanley MMV Financial and First Round Capital are also active in the county The Westchester Information Technology Cluster is a virtual corporation supported by county government and business groups that works to match the needs of potential buyers to its database of more than 1 500 technology specialists at over 180 small to midsized technology companies The Westchester Not For Profit Technology Council provides a similar service to nonprofits in need of technology assistance by matching them with tech savvy volunteers Reaching beyond the US border Westchester launched in 2007

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    not only the community s industrial legacy but fast growth in the immigrant population North Carolina experienced a 37 increase in its immigrant population from 2000 to 2006 by which time Spanish speakers made up 7 of the total WinstonNet developed a three pronged strategy to attack the problem In 2003 the organization dedicated its first Community Computer Lab at a recreation center Over the next year it opened a total of 30 sites offering free computer access to children and adults with Wake Forest University and Forsyth Technical Community College leading the project and Microsoft and Cisco Foundation providing funding Today there are 44 labs operating in community centers churches schools and libraries managing more than 3 500 email accounts and logging over 75 000 user sessions per year In 2005 WinstonNet partnered with One Economy a national nonprofit using a grant from Cisco to build a community Web portal The Beehive Web portal was launched in 2006 With content in English and Spanish at a 5th grade reading level the portal provides information on money health jobs family immigration taxes government services and computer training and support The library system has taken responsibility for maintaining the portal which according to One Economy is now number three in the nation for the most hits to a community Web portal In 2006 WinstonNet put the last piece in place through a partnership with Forsyth County Libraries that created a sustainable computer training program A three year grant from state government permitted WinstonNet to hire a full time coordinator who has created a volunteer group of 40 trainers created a standard curriculum of courses and developed a certification program Classes are taught in both English and Spanish In its first year the program completed 189 classes with total attendance of just under 1 000 people WinstonNet is now developing in partnership with a local nonprofit a set of classes for visually impaired and physically challenged computer users as well Public Private Partnerships While working to raise the skills level of the entire community WinstonNet has also contributed to technology and economic development In 2002 WinstonNet became North Carolina s first Regional High Speed Networking Hub GigaPoP boosting Internet connection speeds to 622 Mbps In 2007 WinstonNet switched on a proof of concept WiFi network covering 1 square mile 2 5 km 2 as a first step in creating what the organization calls ubiquitous access to knowledge and information for everyone Wireless Winston is a new public private partnership backed by anchor tenancy agreements with the top employers in the community Its goals are to reduce telecom costs enhance education improve student teacher parent communication and improve public health and safety In 2004 Targacept a biopharmaceutical company spun out from R J Reynolds joined WinstonNet in a cooperative program to demonstrate state of the art grid computing in local schools WinstonNet is now exploring development of a supercomputing center to be housed at the Piedmont Triad Community Research Park where Wake Forest

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    was an impressive feat of technology implementation Yet it was not technology that earned Pirai a place among the Top Seven but the broad objectives and collaborative process that made the technology possible In 1996 Pirai elected a new mayor Luiz Fernando de Souza who felt strongly that communications and information technology should be part of the city s future The Brasilia University was invited in 1997 to develop an IT master plan for Pirai and beginning in 2001 the city won a series of grants and loans to plan a Pirai Digital City project Its primary focus was on developing an educational network linking schools laboratories and libraries but with the input of donors it expanded to include efforts to bridge the digital divide with broader coverage Mayor Souza s government formed an advisory board made up of representatives from government residential associations academic and nonprofit organizations business and labor unions to oversee the continued evolution of the plan Strategic Alliances For several years funding continued to be both a challenge and opportunity It was a challenge because the city found it impossible to obtain either grants or loans from the central government to fund deployment of the network But it was an opportunity because lack of direct funding forced Pirai to innovate The city formed alliances with local businesses that could provide expertise and with a competitive telecommunications company that could help connect nodes in the wireless network The Pirai branch of CEDERJ a consortium of public universities offering online courses agreed to create an Educational Technology Center on its premises to oversee implementation These moves plus a re thinking of the network requirements allowed Pirai to drive down the cost by a factor of eight and made it possible to finance the project within the city s

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    bigger future while preserving the culture and beauty that attract 3 5 million visitors to the area each year Read more Muelheim an der Ruhr Germany To ensure that the city has the broadband infrastructure it needs Mülheim completed an inventory of the telecom conduit network owned by multiple organizations that underlies the city which reduces the challenges for new broadband providers and has encouraged the city to consider construction of its own network As the city changes it has been careful to engage organizations and citizens as partners in envisioning the future One multi partner initiative is coordinating a program to cut carbon emissions in half by 2030 while another is forging a new urban development model that includes everything from business and social services to sustainability and health Read more New Taipei City Taiwan New Taipei City NTPC became the nation s most populous city with its official creation in December 2010 Previously it was a county surrounding the capital city of Tapei and NTPC has worked to unify the new city and create a dynamic economy distinct from that of the capital Massive investments in transportation are creating highways and transit lines that ringing Taipei connect the city s 29 districts and more than 1 000 villages The NTPC government has collaborated with telecom and cable TV companies to make ADSL available to 99 of the population while speeds of up to 60 Mbps are available to 94 and 4G WiMax reaches 85 Read more Surrey British Columbia Canada Surrey is a city in transition from a suburban past to a sustainable urban future It is Canada s third fastest growing city which welcomes 1 000 new residents each month and where residential construction is a major industry It is part of the growing metropolitan area of Vancouver from which it derives most of its economic energy today 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 where the city universities and business are building clusters in health technology clean tech and advanced manufacturing Read more Whanganui New Zealand Bypassed by national rail lines in the 19 th Century which led to the closing of a railways workshop that was a major employer it was bypassed again by broadband providers in the 20 th For Whanganui on the southwest coast of New Zealand s North Island the best of times may lie ahead Rich in natural beauty and culture Whanganui is currently the ninth poorest district in New Zealand and ranks near the bottom of the national index of social deprivation However the city has begun its transformation and is in the 8 th year of a Family Friendly Strategy that has overlaid broadband on goals set for the economy community partnerships health safety cultural richness and environmental sustainability Read more Winnipeg Manitoba Canada Located midway between the two coasts of

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    ICF Supporters Subscribe Contacts Home Login Email Print Facts Figures Library Leadership What Australia Can Learn about E Government from Estonia Published Thursday October 8 2015 Tucked up in the north east of Europe against the Russian border is the Republic of Estonia Geographically it is one of the Baltic states with Latvia and Lithuania but its cultural heritage is strongly Nordic influenced by Norway Sweden and Finland over many

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    Blog Visionary Voices Video Press Releases Press Coverage Event Calendar Publications Brain Gain Seizing Our Destiny BroadbandEconomies Future Cities Books White Papers About ICF Global Thought Leaders How ICF Helps Partners Support Support the Forum ICF Supporters Subscribe Contacts Home Login Email Print Broadband Culture of Use Digital Inclusion Innovation Knowledge Workforce Sustainability Facts Figures Library iCommunity Dutch Technology Week 2015 Published Friday April 24 2015 The fourth annual Dutch

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    native English speakers especially those who involved a public relations agency in producing their nomination and it put too much reliance on the informed judgment of reviewers For all these reasons the 2016 Smart21 nomination will present 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

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