ICF Opens Nominations for Intelligent Community Awards, Begins Search For the 2020 Intelligent Community of the Year

Year-Long Awards to culminate in June at the ICF Summit in Dublin, Ohio, USA

(July 11, 2019 – New York City) – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is calling for nominations for the 2020 cycle of its prestigious Intelligent Community of the Year Awards Program.

The annual Awards Program, which is run by the New York-based think-tank, will name its 22nd Intelligent Community of the Year at the 2020 ICF Summit in June 2020 in Dublin, Ohio, USA. The 2019 recipient Taoyuan, Taiwan, was named in New York in June.

“In each year’s award cycle, the winning communities are selected using the same analytics process we use to benchmark community progress in our Community Accelerator program,” said co-founder Robert Bell. “That’s based in turn on the ICF Method that has become a development framework for communities in every corner of the globe. When cities and counties submit their data to us, they gain access to a unique range of analysis and recommendations for progress – and if they want it, eligibility for the annual awards, too.”

More information and nomination forms for the Awards Program can be found at www.intelligentcommunity.org/questionnaire. There is no cost to submit a nomination. The deadline to nominate a community for entry into consideration is September 23, 2019.

ICF and its team of Analysts will review ICF’s community database and, based on the ICF Method, name the Smart21 Communities of 2020 at an event in Rochester, New York on October 22.

The Smart21 Communities of 2020 will become part of ICF’s network of over 180 intelligent communities around the world, and will receive media coverage, investment inquiries and independent validation of their community’s progress as they advance from smart cities to intelligent communities – the communities best prepared to prosper as technology continues to create challenges – and opportunities – faced by communities around the globe.

Of those Smart21, seven will advance to be named the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2020, finalists of the Intelligent Community of the Year Award, at a February announcement in Taoyuan, Taiwan. Finally, one of those seven will be named Intelligent Community of the Year in June 2020 at the 2020 ICF Global Summit in Dublin, Ohio, USA.

More about The ICF Method
The ICF Method is a set of critical success factors for the creation of Intelligent Communities, developed by ICF in a study funded by the Province of Ontario, Canada. It provides the first conceptual framework for understanding all of the factors that determine a community's competitiveness in the digital economy. You can learn more about the ICF Method here: https://www.intelligentcommunity.org/intelligent_community_indicators

About Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
The Intelligent Community Forum is a global network with a think tank at its center. It connects hundreds of cities and regions on five continents for collaboration on economic development and for exchange of expertise and information that drives progress. Through this network, ICF researches how Intelligent Communities use information and communications technology to build inclusive prosperity, solve social problems and enrich their quality of life in our connected century. ICF is headquartered in New York City, is a worldwide organization that is renowned for its efforts recognizing Intelligent Community excellence through its annual awards programs, workshops, conferences and other support. Today there are over 180 Intelligent Communities around the world, and growing annually, with Intelligent Community representatives on every continent. The Intelligent Community Forum Foundation (ICFF) is the association of these Intelligent Communities, aimed at working together to share information and develop more Intelligent Communities throughout the world. As ICF’s principles are sought after around the world, there is an opportunity for each country to focus its ICF-related efforts within their region. For more information, visit https://www.intelligentcommunity.org

Matthew Owen, Director of Operations, Intelligent Community Forum
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Victoria Krisman, Communications Manager, Intelligent Community Forum
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Victoria Krisman
Victoria Krisman is Interactive Media Specialist and Communications Manager for the Intelligent Community Forum.
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