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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    measure however as it flows through ideas and experiments into services and products By now we all accept the vital importance of innovation in growing our economy despite the fact that innovation destroys jobs as well as creates them The balance of the 20th century produced an amazing advance in innovation The success of the mass produced automobile gradually destroyed all of the production and services related to horse drawn transportation The introduction of electronic calculators wiped out production of the mechanical calculators on which Professor Abramovitz did his work Digital music all but eliminated vinyl records digital video closed thousands of movie rental stores and email sidelined both fax machines and snail mail causing a funding crisis for postal services Yet despite all the losers created by innovation the success of the winners and the greater value delivered by The Next Big Thing kept making the economy grow Growing economies need people to work in them and the wage they are paid not only supports the worker who receives them but also accelerates through the economy creating jobs for other workers This is the employment multiplier effect well known to economic development professionals Or in a phrase that may

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    of the larger metropolitan area of Los Angeles by becoming a capital of high tech workforce development digital inclusion arts innovation hub collaboration It s a mouthful but these are the reasons why the Inland Empire city was named the world s Intelligent Community of the Year 2012 by the Intelligent Community Forum We first brought you this story back in June Now the city is the focus of a new book and in fact the title of the book was taken directly from one of the city s programs Seizing our Destiny by ICF A lot of people never heard about Riverside before and for it to transform itself from being this kind of bedroom community a decade or more ago and being on the cusp of potentially going down the tubes to go instead in a completely new direction and become this thriving model that everyone is looking towards said John Jung co founder of ICF as well as author of the chapter in the new book that features Riverside We see Riverside as a model that s why ICF chose the city Jung spent a good deal of time in the city speaking with individuals from various

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    demands But the symbol of 21st Century economic strength is the network Too bad that it is largely invisible either running behind walls and under streets or through radio wavelengths I once toured an exhibit of architectural drawings by the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright I was especially struck by his design for a soap factory designed to house 10 000 people What struck me was not the design but the idea that it made business sense in the early part of the last century to build a factory and employ 10 000 people to wrap soap Automation ended that long ago but the idea of the factory remains the business model we most often think about In a network however we put the things that need to be connected wherever it makes most sense for them to be That might be close to customers close to resources or close to key relationships The network takes care of connecting everyone and everything so that their actions can be coordinated and made effective In a 2011 report McKinsey Company assessed the economic value of the Internet to the global economy In a survey of nearly 5 000 small to midsize

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    Economy and have taken conscious steps to create an economy capable of prospering in it That shows a community that is open to change and not waiting for someone else to solve their broadband problems It also shows leaders who understand that there is more to be gained by the community embracing broadband technologies than there is to be lost by doing nothing about them Five Intelligent Community Indicators define a framework for assessing planning and developing a broadband economy The first is around broadband connectivity coming from a clear vision of their broadband future and policies that encourage deployment and adoption The second indicator is around developing a knowledge workforce that creates economic value through the acquisition processing and use of information The third is building the local innovation capacity of new companies because it is technological innovation that produces job growth in modern economies Fourth is about digital inclusion by creating policies and funding programs that ensure have nots get access to digital technologies and broadband It is about providing skills training and promoting a compelling vision of the benefits that the broadband economy can bring to individuals and businesses Finally an intelligent community is about marketing and advocacy Wanganui has demonstrated a leadership role in this area with a technology expo for the local community and the establishment of a Community Technology Centre The Council have also just announced the use of Council infrastructure to develop a free urban and rural wi fi service In addition to these five Indicators the 2013 awards also look at a community s relationship between innovation and employment Digital Facilitator Marianne Archibald notes that Wanganui has been working on digital inclusion projects since 2006 With a vision of being a leader in the digital world Wanganui was proactive in promoting the

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    said Mayor Dan Mathieson Wednesday It just builds on all the successes we ve achieved Those successes linked to Stratford s innovative use of information and communication technologies including broadband Internet are detailed in a chapter entitled Leveraging a history of reinvention It s one of seven chapters in a book devoted to the finalists of the 2012 ICF program which in addition to Stratford include Austin Texas Oulu Finland Quebec City St John New Brunswick Taichung City Taiwan and the 2012 Intelligent Community of the Year Riverside California The book and the lessons it contains about using technology for social and economic development will be front and centre at a symposium at Walsh University in North Canton Ohio this week Like Stratford North Canton is home to an Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community which is tasked with not only learning about what makes a city smart but also sharing that information with the world It s all about knowledge transfer and promoting best practices said Mathieson who has been invited to Walsh University to take part in a panel discussion today on future community development and the importance of the so called triple helix of business

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    that studies the economic and social development of the 21st century community Of the 21 nominees for 2013 13 cities have made the Smart21 list before but for the first time since the program began in 2004 communities from Albania and New Zealand have made the list So how did Columbus Mitchell and Philadelphia make the grade Louis Zacharilla cofounder of ICF said each of the three American cities was nominated over several dozen other American cities during the selection process because each city reflected innovation in the workplace the overall theme for next year s program We re going to be looking at how communities are at least attempting to do what is really important which is to make sure that technology is not being used to disintermediate employment or to end employment which it s very good at doing and it should do in the private sector but to actually create opportunities and to create jobs Zacharilla said He said Mitchell overcame challenges such as a severe population drop about 30 percent over a couple of decades but through a combination of a digital literacy program building fiber to the home and utilizing technology to improve farming practices also known as precision farming the city has managed to transform its local economy Philadelphia a city much different from Mitchell in terms of its culture dealt with significant economic challenges particularly since the Great Recession Zacharilla said the city has begun to move forward with programs that focus on digital literacy and has informed its educational infrastructure to ensure preparedness for the future economy For Columbus turning to its neighboring community Dublin Ohio for ideas on best practices is what may have helped it make the Smart21 list Dublin made the ICF s top seven list in 2011 Utilizing

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    into this autumnal breakfast bowl of warm porridge it loses viscosity and starts to flow much like the digitally enabled warming and loosening up of sector behaviour New markets appear and others are absorbed with increasing rapidity Ideas functions and data are integrated into new formats devices and applications In every sector the treacle that slows us everyday hassle that gets in the way of life and work is being eliminated There are no tradeable stocks and shares for cities or towns so we are fed metrics on the health of whole industries and an occasional take on the fortunes of regions particularly where these are characterised by a single industry It is the economics of the firm that dominate analytical effort But if we set aside the prevailing top down sector perspectives of how economies function and ditch our addictions to departmentalised silos we are forced to recognise that we all live at a local level Viewed through the prism of locality it is from within your local environment the city the community and the eco system that that we are enabled to live and work Or maybe against the odds we just scrape by in places that were

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    infrastructure creation of intelligent communities translation of technologies and advancement of education The discussion also revolves around the ambitious plans to lift Moscow to the level of an international financial center The country s authorities are keen to revamp the image of the city via facilitation of current legal framework and provision of additional stimuli to encourage effective business practices Click here to hear an interview with ICF Co founder John Jung I think the forum is a very important event for Moscow and for Russia The country has huge potential when it comes to human capital Therefore it would be natural for Moscow as a capital to be very attractive for foreign investment In reality regrettably it is not necessarily the case The potential is much bigger than the reality said Mikhal Rutkovski director of the World Bank in Russia prior to the event He added that Doing Business survey that World Bank is associated with indicates that Moscow can vastly improve its business attractiveness with some significant improvements already taking place For instance there is a reduction of the number of procedures needed to register business in Moscow and amount of time needed to start a business Yet another issue is the capital s agglomeration strategy which raises a number of questions The development of a new economic model for expended Moscow territory availability of state funds in the pipeline and involvement of foreign investors are just a few among those concerns topping the agenda of the participants Some experts attending the forum including John Jung co founder of Intelligent Community Forum speculated about the need for Moscow to concentrate on solving a wide range of challenges rather than primarily focusing on the most apparent ones such as lack of quality infrastructure There are opportunities everywhere for investment

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