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December 19, 2004

Digital Cities - An International Ranking

John G. Jung is the Chairman of the Intelligent Community Forum. At a recent presentation to regional leaders in York Region, , organizers of the OneCleveland initiatve were encouraged to submit a dossier to the judges of an international review panel on "Intelligent Communities". On Friday, of this past week, OneCleveland was announced as one of the 18 finalists for the Top Seven Intelligent Communities of 2005. Here is the press release.

List of Candidates for the Top Seven Intelligent Communities of 2005

1. Taipei, Tawain
2. Spokane, Washington, USA
3. Toronto, Canada
4. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
5. Mitaka, Japan
6. Pirai, Brazil
7. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
8. Tianjin, China
9. Singapore (1999 Intelligent Community of the Year)
10. Sunderland, U.K.
11. Long Island (Nassau & Suffolk Counties), NY, USA
12. Province of Ontario, Canada
13. Greater Cleveland and NE Ohio, USA
14. Calgary, Alberta, Canada (2002 Co-Recipient of the Intelligent Community of the Year)
15. Dublin, Ireland
16. Spanish Fork, Utah, USA
17. London, England, U.K.
18. Issy-les-Molineaux, France

The IFC will make its annual announcement of the world’s Top Seven Communities on January 19, 2005 at the Pacific Telecommunications Council conference in Honolulu, Hawaii (www.ptc.org) at 1:30 p.m. One of the Top Seven will be named the Intelligent Community of the Year in June 2004 at ICF’s annual conference in New York City Intelligent Communities Conference and Awards.

Background

Each year, the Intelligent Community Forum selects communities from around the world to appear on a list of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year. While most communities and the media treat it as a competitive ranking, that is not its intent. ICF has developed a list of five Intelligent Community Indicators that provide the first global framework for understanding how communities can gain a competitive edge and strengthen their social fabric today. The Indicators demonstrate that being an Intelligent Community takes more than "being wired." It takes a combination of -

* Significant deployment of broadband communications to businesses, government facilities and residences, with government providing a catalyst through regulation, e-government initiatives and
even network construction when necessary.

* Effective education, training and workforce development that builds a labor force able to perform “knowledge work.�

* Government and private-sector programs to overcome the Digital Divide and ensure that all sectors of society benefit from the broadband and information revolution.

* Fostering innovation through government programs, by creating an environment that attracts creative people, and by promoting the formation of, and access to, the risk capital that fuels new business growth.

* Effective economic development marketing that leverages the community’s broadband, labor and other assets to attract new employers.

The Top Seven are chosen, not necessarily because they excel in all of these areas, but because each demonstrates excellence in at least one. ICF salutes them as pioneers and role models for the development of vibrant Digital Age communities in the 21st Century.

Some of each year’s Top Seven appeared on the following year’s list. Others from the previous year are replaced by new communities. Just as appearing one year does not mean that a community surpasses all others, so being replaced on the list does not signify failure. ICF purposely introduces new examples each year in order to continually expand the scope of the Top Seven list, and the selection process must inevitably exclude some worthy and exciting examples.

The Top Seven Selection Process

The selection of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year is based on nominations received by the Intelligent Community Forum from communities, organizations and individuals around the world. Selections are made through review of the nominations by an expert Advisory Committee and the Intelligent Community Forum. The list of 18 communities (above) are the first step in a process that culminates with a selection of the top seven. In June one of these is selected as ICF’s Intelligent Community of the Year. Criteria for the awards can be found at

http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/html/award_criteria.html.

About the Intelligent Community Forum

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is a nonprofit think-tank that researches the uses of broadband technology for economic development by communities large and small in both the developed and developing world. Its 2001 landmark study, Benchmarking the Intelligent Community, identified five criteria that define “intelligence� for communities seeking economic development in today’s challenging global economy. Founded by the World Teleport Association (www.worldteleport.org), ICF conducts research, creates conference content, publishes newsletters and presents annual Awards for Intelligent Com¬munity developers. More information is available at www.intelligentcommunity.org.

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Intelligent Community Forum
55 Broad Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004 USA
For more information: Louis Zacharilla, Director of Development, +1 212-825-0218 x12, lzacharilla@intelligentcommunity.org


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