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As the UN forecasts a 75-million-person global job gap, Intelligent Community Forum cites “Brain Gain” approach in new book
Monday, June 23, 2014

Authored by the co-founders of ICF – Robert Bell, John G. Jung and Louis A. Zacharilla – Brain Gain offers advice to community leaders at all levels on how cities and regions can build economic prosperity while meeting social challenges in an age of fast-paced technological disruption. Brain Gain offers the authors’ latest insights from more than a decade of research into the most Intelligent Communities on the planet.

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BRAIN GAIN : Comment les communautés intelligentes nourrissent le futur
Friday, July 18, 2014
Montréal, Canada - The TechnoMontréal organization writes in a review of the book, Brain   read full article >>
Smart Cities in North Africa: A localized debate about a Global Trend
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Chicago, USA - World Bank blogger Mehrunisa Qayyum writes a “smart city” requires more than   read full article >>
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Whittlesea, Victoria, Australia (2014)
Tuesday, December 10, 2013


A large municipality that contains urban and rural areas, Whittlesea lies to the north of Melbourne, one of Australia’s leading cities.  It is a community in rapid transition.  About 200 new residents move into the city each week, and more than half locate in new housing developments.  Most are commuters seeking quality of life; fewer than one-third of employed residents work within the Whittlesea municipal limits.  Rapid population growth, however, has been accompanied by a steady decline of the city’s manufacturing base and is exposing shortfalls in roads, public transport, telecom, waste and stormwater systems.  Nearly 80% of today’s local businesses are classified as small.  Only 10% are involved in export and only 25% sell products or services online.

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Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada - Robert Bell to deliver Keynote Presentation
Date: August 27, 2014
Robert Bell will deliver a Keynote presentation, the first step in ICF’s Community More>>
Startupbootcamp HighTechXL 2014 Eindhoven Application Deadline
Date: September 30, 2014
Startupbootcamp HighTechXL has just opened its global search for the world’s best young tech More>>
Healthy Communities & Planning in a Digital Age
Date: October 1 - 2, 2014
Healthy Communities & Planning in a Digital Age The theme for the 2014 Symposium is Healthy More>>
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Excerpt: A tale of one city
Ottawa, Canada - Canadian Government Executive magazine writes about the book Brain Gain, with an excerpt on the success story that is Stratford, Canada. Read more >>>
Sharing the wealth
Wilmington, USA - Entovation International is focused on celebrating innovaiton and the latest newsletter highlights the Intelligent Community Forum's new book, Brain Gain, nominations opening for the 2015 awards program and
Sketches of a Robert Bell speech
Wanganui, New Zealand - Mike Dickison a museum curator listened to Robert Bell, co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum deliver a speech in Wanganui and then he tweeted his notes as an info-graphic. Source:
Chattanooga asks FCC for help in spreading broadband
City officials in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Wilson, N.C., simultaneously petitioned the Federal Communications Commission Thursday to pre-empt laws in their states that ban the cities from expanding their high-speed Internet
Riverside, Calif., Launches Transparency and Engagement Portal, Rethinks Procurement
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Why Innovation Districts are the New Catalyst for International Business Development
For the past 50 years, many cities across the globe have described their dream of creating the next “Silicon Valley”. Yet no-one has succeeded. That’s because the valley is not just a collection of



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