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Six Funerals and a Wedding: Highlights from the Summit
Thursday, June 18, 2015
When I heard that they were rumbling into Canada on a big “Buckeye” bus, the same one used by the university’s American-style football team, I thought to myself, “Either the delegation from Columbus, Ohio is very confident, or they are afraid of flying.” Neither was the case, since the delegation was mainly there to learn, to network and, of course, to represent themselves as one of the world’s Top7   read full article >>
Collaboration vs. Competition For Economic Growth
Monday, June 29, 2015
Lots of talk about the economy focuses on how individual businesses compete. Generalizing from the   read full article >>
Columbus Recognized Among Global Technology Leaders
Monday, June 22, 2015
Columbus, Ohio, USA - Connect Ohio blog discusses the 2015 Intelligent Community Forum summit in Toronto   read full article >>
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Stratford, Ontario, Canada (2012)
Saturday, August 25, 2012

In the life of a community there are turning points, when events and decisions shape the future for generations.  The small city of Stratford reached such a turning point in 1958. The biggest employer in Stratford and the engine of its economy at that time was the steam locomotive maintenance yard of the Canadian National (CN) railroad.   In 1958, the president of CN, who was on the Board of Stratford’s leading cultural institution, the Shakespeare Festival, brought the bad news to town himself.  Because diesel engines required less maintenance and ran longer before needing service, the company had decided to reduce the number of maintenance yards.  Stratford was off the list.  By 1964, the yard was closed, thousands of highly skilled employees lost their jobs, and the city’s economy developed a massive hole, symbolized by the abandoned plant in the city center. This was not the first industrial transition the city had endured.  Nor would it be the last.  But Stratford’s history of repeated rise and fall had equipped the community with the skills to reinvent itself under pressure.  

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ICF's Robert Bell to be Interviewed on Bloomberg Radio
Date: July 9, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
ICF Co-Founder Robert Bell, pictured right, will be interviewed about economic inequality on More>>
Columbus, Ohio Wins 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year
Columbus, Ohio, USA - The Connect Ohio Weekly Newsletter, Digital Works, and Connected Nation report that the Intelligent Community Forum has named Columbus as Intelligent Community of the Year for 2015. Read the full
International summit provides learning moments for Mitchell delegation
Mitchell didn't bring home the hardware for Intelligent Community of the Year, but participation in the Intelligent Community Forum's annual summit offered opportunities besides recognition. "It was really a gratifying
I will be out the office Monday June 8 through Friday June 12, 2015. I will return to the office hopefully with two trophies on June 15.
I am getting a lot “out of office” through June 12th messages in my email Inbox and I am one of the reasons. It is that time of year when I can expect two things as surely as the sun will rise over the warming
Dutch Technology Week 2015
The fourth annual Dutch Technology Week will take place in Brainport Eindhoven, The Netherlands from May 31st through June 6th. Read more at dutchtechnologyweek.com (Dutch) or dutchtechnologyweek.com/en (English).
Montreal's First Smart City Expo Kicks Off
Montreal, Canada - On Montreal CBC Radio Paul Lewis, President of the Smart City Expo and Dean of the Faculté d’aménagement at University of Montreal, discusses how technology and intelligence can be
Intelligent Community: A Unique Urban Observatory in New York
New York, USA - Radio-Canada French Television out of Montreal presents a three part series on Intelligent Communities and how New York is tapping into Wi-Fi and Open Data as well as other technology to be become smarter.

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