How to Build an Intelligent Community

The Community Accelerator® online training courses give the elected, administrative and volunteer leaders of your city or region the tools they need to create the change they seek.

Illustrated by case studies and videos, Accelerator training provides essential guidance in creating a successful economic and community development strategy adapted to the demands of the digital age, and forming a strong coalition to carry it forward and ensure its success – based on the experience of nearly 200 remarkable cities and regions around the world.

Start accelerating your community today

Buy access to one of our courses today – or register for the full seven-course series at a discount. Click on the button below to learn more.

Free for ICF Members!

Discounted for EDAC Members with member code

Earn 5 points toward Ec.D. certification for completion of 7 one-hour courses


Try before you buy – with a free mini-course

Take one of our free mini-courses excerpted from the full Accelerator training. Registration is required but the course content and comprehension tests are free to try.

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How has the Community Accelerator helped?

“We intend to pool the resources of central and local government to continue promoting the development of Intelligent Communities.”

-President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan ROC


“For our region, being an Intelligent Community embraces all that’s important to our residents, not just what’s happening in the economic or technological front, but key learnings and bright futures for our young people and the enhancement of a healthy, smart and creative community.”

-Mayor Mark Jamieson, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia


“As we enter a dramatically new world order, our work with the ICF has given us a head start.”

-Jane Howington, City Manager, Hudson, Ohio, USA


“I use the Forum as my ‘tipster’ for where to look for community innovations in broadband activities and apps that the rest of the world will be emulating in a few years. The Forum never fails to teach me things I didn’t know about places that are on the cutting edge.”

-Lee Rainie, Founder, Pew Research, Internet & American Life


“The ICF Method recognizes the key factors in achieving sustainable growth: engaging people, boosting innovation and putting new technologies to work, while making sure no one is left behind.”

-Päivi Sutinen, Director, City as Service Development, Espoo, Finland