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Intelligent Community Forum Announces Smart21 Communities of 2012
Published Friday, October 21, 2011 1:45 pm

Recipients are a snapshot of communities from around the world serving as platforms for innovation.  Now in consideration for Top Seven Intelligent Community Awards.

(Einhdoven, the Netherlands & New York City, USA – 21 October, 2011) - The Intelligent Community Forum (www.intelligentcommunity.org) announced today its highly anticipated list of the Smart21 Intelligent Communities of 2012.  The announcement was made by ICF Co-founder Louis Zacharilla at an event hosted by 2011 Intelligent Community of the Year Eindhoven in The Netherlands.

Each year ICF defines a theme that guides the nominations for the Intelligent Community of the Year.  The 2012 theme is Intelligent Communities – Platforms for Innovation.  Innovation is one of ICF’s five permanent Indicators, which are used to judge communities seeking award status.  However the special theme focuses on how Intelligent Communities create uniquely powerful innovation ecosystems on a foundation of information and communications technology. Watch ICF online announcement.

The Smart21 of 2012
The 2012 honorees include 4 communities from Europe, 10 from North America, 3 from Latin America, and 4 from Asia.  Over half are communities that appear on the list for the first time.  Of the 2012 list, 10 have appeared among the Smart21 before, which is typical of the ICF’s awards programs, as communities continue to demonstrate progress in their quest to be named Intelligent Community of the Year.   The Smart21 of 2012 are:

  • Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Austin, Texas, USA
  • Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
  • Columbus Region, Ohio, USA
  • Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
  • Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
  • Danville, Virginia, USA
  • Durango, Mexico
  • Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
  • Heraklion, Crete, Greece
  • Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
  • New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Oulu, Finland
  • Prospect, South Australia, Australia
  • Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • Riverside, California, USA
  • Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Stratford, Ontario, Canada
  • Taichung City, Taiwan
  • Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Brief profiles of each community will be available on the ICF Web site.

”The Smart21 of 2012 are a diverse group which represent the degree to which the intelligent community movement has spread.  I am particularly pleased that Mexico and Finland, two very diverse cultures, are represented for the first time.  We can also see how perennial communities in the USA, Canada and Taiwan continue to create communities for the 21st Century based on innovation and how communities that few have heard of before have become great places to live,” said ICF Co-founder Louis Zacharilla.

The Smart21 announcement is the first stage of ICF's annual Intelligent Community Awards cycle.  It is followed by the naming of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year, selected from among the 21.  The Top Seven announcement will be made on 15 January at the annual Pacific Telecommunications Council conference (www.ptc.org) in Honolulu, Hawaii during an awards luncheon.  The cycle concludes in New York City on June 8 during ICF’s annual Building the Broadband Economy Summit (www.icfsummit.com), where one of the Top Seven will succeed The Eindhoven Region as Intelligent Community of the Year 2012.

A video announcing the Smart21 of 2012 and the rationale behind the awards is available on ICF’s Web site at www.intelligentcommunity.org along with the live stream from Eindhoven.  The Smart21 were selected from among candidates large and small identified by nomination and independent research by the Forum. 

About ICF
The Intelligent Community Forum is a think tank that studies the economic and social development of the 21st Century community.  Whether in industrial or developing nations, communities are challenged to create prosperity, stability and cultural meaning in a world where jobs, investment and progress increasingly depend on broadband communications.  For the 21st Century community, connectivity is a double-edge sword: threatening established ways of life on the one hand, and offering powerful new tools to build prosperous, inclusive economies on the other.  The Intelligent Community Forum seeks to share the best practices of the world's Intelligent Communities in adapting to the demands of the Broadband Economy by conducting research, hosting events, publishing newsletters and producing an international awards program.

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