January 31, 2006

Case and OneCleveland help Cleveland to make ranks of top intelligent communities of 2006


A prestigious think tank has named Cleveland one of the world's "Top Seven Intelligent Communities of 2006," thanks in great part to the efforts of Case Western Reserve University and its chief information officer, Lev Gonick.

The New York-based Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) recently issued its list of "The Top Seven Intelligent Communities of 2006." One of the criteria for inclusion is significant deployment of, and access to, broadband communications. Numerous Cleveland-area institutions, organizations and governmental agencies have ultrabroadband access through OneCleveland, including Case Western Reserve University.

"Given Case's involvement, it's very gratifying for OneCleveland's efforts to be recognized in this way, and to be associated with forward-thinking cities around the world," said Gonick, who is also Case's vice president for information technology services. "Thanks to this report there is a daily flow of blogs and e-mails commenting favorably on the OneCleveland model and citing Cleveland as an example of how to make ultrabroadband available to a community."

Other metropolitan areas the report cites are the Gangnam District of Seoul, South Korea; Ichikawa, Japan; Manchester, U.K; Taipei, Taiwan; Tianjin, China; and Waterloo, Canada.

The ICF has developed a list of "Intelligent Community Indicators" which include deployment of broadband communications, building a labor force capable of performing "knowledge work," programs to bridge the digital divide and ensure that all sectors of society benefit from access to broadband; innovation in the public and private sectors; and economic development marketing to use broadband to attract new employers. Cities must demonstrate excellence in at least one of these areas to be included on the list.

In its description of Cleveland, ICF singles out the impact of OneCleveland, the nonprofit provider of community-based, ultra broadband networking services to educational, governmental, research, arts, cultural, nonprofit and healthcare organizations in the region, and calls it "the brainchild of Lev Gonick, chief information officer at Case Western." Gonick was the first to propose the idea for the network that blossomed into OneCleveland in 2003.

In 2005 Intel Corporation named Cleveland one of its top three "worldwide digital communities," due in large part to the impact of OneCleveland.

For more information: Jeff Bendix 216-368-6070.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, January 31, 2006 11:07 AM | News Topics: Cleveland

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