Community Accelerator Content and Pricing

 
 
FREE FOR ICF MEMBERS!

ICF is introducing the online Accelerator with the first four of seven courses. Each includes video instruction, community case studies, comprehension tests and a rich array of additional content. Buy access to a single course for only US$99.95. Or for a limited time only, register for the full seven-course series at half price and receive alerts as new courses are added. Click below to register and pay for your course(s). Access is free for ICF Members – see below.

 

 

Community Accelerator Content and Pricing

Each Community Accelerator course includes video instruction, community case studies, comprehension tests and a rich array of additional content. Buy access to a single course for only US$99.95. Or for a limited time – until all seven courses are available – register for the full series at a 40% discount and receive alerts as new courses are added. Click below to register and pay for your course(s). Access is free for ICF Members and volume discounts are available to non-members for multiple userssee below.

7-Course Bundle

For a limited time, you can buy access to all seven courses at 40% off the regular price. New courses are released every 90 days until the series is complete. Best deal! US$349.95. Regular price: US$599.95.

Digital Challenge, Digital Opportunity

In this first course, you will learn how 40 years of digital transformation have created today’s economy, disrupting jobs, driving economic reward to those with skills and knowledge, and concentrating economic power in major cities  At the same time, almost unnoticed, it has created the foundation of a “distributed economy” that opens up opportunities to energize economic development in every community. Cities and counties around the world have turned that distributed economy to their advantage - and yours could be one of them. US$99.95

Engaging the Community in Positive Change

The second course introduces the six-step ICF Method for leveraging the distributed economy to bring inclusive economic, social and cultural growth to your community. It explains how to revitalize and expand community engagement, the first of the Factors in the ICF Method, by tapping the creativity and passion of residents, and show how cities in North America and Europe have used digital tools to engage citizens and power innovation-based economic development.  US$99.95

Connectivity: Foundation for Digital Opportunity

The third course explains the power of broadband to drive economic growth and offers five strategies for changing the risk calculation of private-sector carriers in ways that attract new investment in competing networks.  It offers examples and policy advice from cities of every size on attracting private-sector investment or competing successfully with commercial ISPs when required.  It also reveals the power of municipal data centers to generate economic development from broadband and digital technologies.  US$99.95. Take a sample mini-course for free. 

Knowledge Work: Building a Ladder of Opportunity

Today's economy demands a higher level of skills and knowledge in every job, and education has become the leading determiner of personal prosperity.  The fourth course teaches how cities and regions can engage primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities with local government and employers to turn education into a ladder of opportunity.  It offers examples from multiple countries and communities of different sizes on the successful integration of education and employment to lift up their people while supplying the talent their employers need. US$99.95. Take a sample mini-course for free. 

Innovation: Building an Ecosystem for Growth

Innovation produces 80% of economic growth, which is why every city or county needs an innovation strategy to drive growth, to sustain it and to solve the problems that growth brings.  The fifth course outlines two paths to true prosperity: one for economically strong communities in need of a better quality of life, and one for communities that need to overcome stagnation and trigger growth in a digital-dominated economy. It offers examples from multiple countries and communities of different sizes on smart city programs, the creation of a start-up economy and helping established businesses innovate their products and services. US$99.95

Inclusion: Overcoming the Digital Divide

The sixth course examines the three major barriers to digital inclusion and the imaginative ways cities and regions have overcome them by targeting the most pressing needs of offline citizens and businesses. In development.

Sustainability: Quality of Life, Engagement & Growth

Cities and regions embrace their role in making a more environmentally sustainable future. But are they realizing all the benefits that sustainability programs can deliver: a better quality of life, deep citizen engagement in the future and a new wave of economic growth? In development.

 

Group sales and member pricing

Group pricing. ICF provides special pricing for group sales, allowing you to share the Accelerator content with colleagues and partners to create a common understanding and engage broad participation in your development strategy. Contact ICF for details.

Free for ICF Members. ICF member communities and companies have access to the complete Accelerator at no cost. Contact ICF to obtain a member log-in – or if you are not a member, to learn the full benefits of membership.

What will you learn?

If you’re really ready for the details, here is what each of course in the Accelerator Program will teach you.

Course 1: Digital Challenge, Digital Opportunity

  • Learn how 40 years of digital transformation have created today’s economy, disrupting jobs, driving economic reward to those with skills and knowledge, and concentrating economic power in major cities.
  • Analyze the sharp economic inequality and social divides created by these dramatic changes, and how they shape the present and future of your community.
  • Discover how digital transformation has also, almost unnoticed, created the foundation of a “distributed economy” that opens up opportunities to energize economic development in every community.
  • Analyze the success of cities in turning the distributed economy to their advantage and evaluate how their examples could apply to your community.
  • Apply what you have learned to begin envisioning positive change in your community, leading to inclusive economic, social and cultural growth.

Course 2: Engaging the Community in Positive Change

  • Learn the ICF Method for leveraging the distributed economy to bring inclusive economic, social and cultural growth to your community.
  • Discover how to revitalize and expand community engagement, the first of the Factors in the ICF Method, by tapping the creativity and passion of residents.
  • Evaluate how cities in North America and Europe have used digital tools to engage citizens and power innovation-based economic development.
  • Apply what you have learned to identify new opportunities to use community engagement to achieve your goals for economic development and social and cultural growth.

Course 3: Connectivity - Foundation for Digital Opportunity

  • Learn why all local governments need a broadband strategy.
  • Discover how private-sector carriers think about opportunities in your community and learn five different methods for influencing them to invest in broadband.
  • Evaluate how communities in the US and Canada have attracted private-sector investment in broadband using one of these five methods.
  • Evaluate the actions of a rural US city that went into competition with private-sector carriers, ultimately winning a legal battle for the right to deliver internet, voice and TV services.
  • Understand the role of municipally owned data centers in broadband networks and the opportunities for economic development they create, based on the experience of a small American city.
  • Apply what you have learned to assess your community’s connectivity needs and envision steps you can take to improve your situation.

Course 4: Knowledge Work - Building a Ladder of Opportunity 

  • Understand the need to build a skilled workforce in your community to benefit from an economy where education determines personal prosperity.
  • Analyze how education can contribute to economic development and economic development priorities can enrich education.
  • Learn how to engage primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities with local government and employers to turn education into a ladder of opportunity.
  • Evaluate innovative programs for lifetime learning at the high school, college and university level in multiple countries and learn from their examples.
  • Analyze the educational assets and partnerships in your community and identify missing parts of the ladder of opportunity

More about the Community Accelerator

The Accelerator is based on more than 20 years of experience with community development in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. It teaches how to grow your community’s economy, strengthen its social bonds and enrich its culture. These are the things that can make your community a great place to live, work, build a business, raise a family and create a sustainable future.

Those things have never been harder to achieve. The Accelerator shows you how hundreds of places around the world have done it, regardless of location or size. In today’s digital age, almost every place can have a dynamic economy if they know how to build it, and to use that inclusive prosperity to create stronger social ties and deeper cultural connection.

Each course in the Accelerator provides instruction and real-world case studies from an ICF co-founder. Comprehension tests after each course aid your understanding, and a wealth of written, video and audio content adds to your knowledge.

The Accelerator does more than educate. To start, we recommend that your core development team take the courses, either individually or as a group. What they learn will guide the creation of a strategy for economic, social and cultural development that creates a strong and sustainable future for your community.

Acting on that strategy always requires partnerships with other local government departments, employers, educators, nonprofit community groups and officials of higher levels of government. This is where the Accelerator offers great value, because you can share appropriate courses with others. You can, for example, share the course on workforce development with educators, or the innovation course with business or nonprofit leaders. The content will help create a common understanding and validate your plans from the example of other communities. It will empower a broad coalition of leaders to carry your development strategy forward.

Other Services

ICF offers additional services to accelerate your community’s progress, from analytics to personalized presentations and individualized coaching.


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