Webinar Series from ICF
Through our extensive Awards Program, ICF has developed a network of nearly 150 cities and regions – large and small, urban and rural – on five continents. This network of communities recognized by ICF are those that have risen to the challenges of the broadband economy and emerged as models leaders in the Intelligent Community movement. Now, with our three webinar series: Broadband Agendas, Innovation Agendas and New Connected Countryside, we aim to share their best practices with other communities around the world, proving a guide for their own paths to becoming an intelligent community.
With each webinar, attendees will hear from ICF Foundation member communities as they share projects they created that have produced economic, social or cultural innovation. It may be a successful effort to connect education and business to generate new tech companies, or digital applications that solve social problems, or a way to give global exposure online to local culture. The ICF archives are full of such examples, and it is time to give our members a chance to share their best practices with you, and show you the steps to take to foster the innovation needed to propel your community on the path to intelligence.
The Economic Case for Municipal Broadband (March 1, 2018) (Archive Video Available)
- When cities and counties decide to invest in broadband networks, they face the same business-case challenge as private-sector carriers. The city or county has usually arrived at this point precisely because the private sector does not see an attractive case for investment, so how is government going to do what business cannot? Government's advantage as a network builder is not anti-competitive behavior: it is that government and the community gain economic benefits from the network that a private-sector company cannot tap.
Gigabit Networks After Google (December 12, 2017) (Archive Video Available)
- Google Fiber was announced at the end of 2012 after the company had introduced a fiber network build in the Kansas City metropolitan area in the US. The company subsequently announced expansion to US cities including Austin, Provo, Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Salt Lake City and San Antonio. But by October 2016, all expansion plans were put on hold, though Google Fiber continues to serve 69,000 TV and 450,000 broadband subscribers. What had once seemed the unstoppable rise of "gig networks" suddenly seemed in doubt.
Municipal Open Access Networks (September 28, 2017) (Archive Video Available)
- Open access for broadband is a powerful idea. Communications companies have traditionally designed, built, owned and operated their own infrastructure, whether it is copper wires, cell towers, coaxial cable or fiber optics. In the open access model, a third party builds and owns the infrastructure – and in some cases provides basic transport-level communications service – and communication companies purchase capacity on it to deliver broadband, voice and video services. The communications carriers continue to own the relationship with the customer but no longer bear the capital costs of the network.
Five Hidden Truths About Network Development (August 17, 2017) (Archive Video Available)
- Building a municipal, county or regional broadband network is a big challenge, even after you obtain the financing and clear the legal and regulatory hurdles. Decision-makers and stakeholders become consumed with issues of rights of way and technology platforms, partners and competitors, capital investment and user adoption. From planning and construction to the start of service and expansion, network developers always learn many hard and hidden truths that they wish they had known at the start.
Local Government: Leader or Supporting Actor? (May 11, 2017)
- Innovation in the Intelligent Community requires government to rethink its role in the political, economic and cultural network that makes up a community. They significantly expand the definition of what government does – from roads to broadband, permits to partnerships – but must exercise care to nurture development across institutions and companies without trying to determine outcomes. In this Webinar, municipal leaders share their experiences at redefining what their governments do and how they do it.
Connecting Education to Innovation (February 22, 2017) (Archive Video Available)
- The ICF Innovation Triangle depends in part on the active engagement of educational, cultural and other institutions, with universities and colleges the most frequent partners. What are the secrets of effective engagement with educational institutions that yield genuine progress at innovation? This Webinar explains the necessary steps in identifying opportunities, building trust and generating real collaboration among educators, business and government.
How to Create an Innovation District (November 30, 2016) (Archive Video Available)
- Many communities choose to focus their public-private innovation programs on the creation of a physical home for innovation. What are the key components of a successful innovation district? What time and resources are needed? How can the success that occurs within that “innovation island” reach beyond it to the entire community or region? In this Webinar, you will learn from communities with track records of success in the development of innovation districts.
Intelligence from the Ground Up (November 22, 2016) (Archive Video Available)
- Parkland County is a county-sized municipality that has applied the open-access network model – pioneered by urban centers from Stockholm to Dublin, Ohio – specifically to meet the needs of a rural region. Located on the western border of Edmonton, capital of Alberta Province, and only hours from the province’s vast oil sands extraction industry, Parkland County is prosperous. In 2012, the county completed the core of a network of 18 communication towers, ten in the west and eight in the east. In this Webinar, hear how Parkland County implemented this program.
To Be or Not to Be (Intelligent) (November 15, 2016) (Archive Video Available)
- At the turn of the new century, Stratford had a reputation for being quaint, cultured and out of the way, home to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and a 90-minute drive from Toronto, the business capital of eastern Canada. The Festival is a home-grown success story in cultural tourism. Founded in 1953, it became the largest employer in the city and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in local economic activity in ticket sales, restaurants, lodging and culture. In this Webinar, find out more about how Stratford continued its path to intelligence and become a home of innovation.
What are the Impacts of Innovation? (September 27, 2016) (Archive Video Available)
- What are the impacts of innovation at the local level? Sustainable economic growth, job creation and increasing prosperity are the goals. But when communities pursue innovation as an exercise in collaboration, the impacts can include better quality of life, the retention of young talent, cost savings and greater community spirit. In this Webinar, you will hear how communities measure and prioritize the different impacts they hope to achieve.
How to Foster Innovation (July 26, 2016) (Archive Video Available)
- How do cities and regions begin creating an innovation economy? What are the essential elements and how are they assembled to create an ecosystem that drives continuing innovation in the private, public and institutional sectors? In this Webinar, you will hear from two communities on different continents about how they have fostered innovation that generates prosperity.
If you would like more information on these webinar series, or if you are from an ICF community and would like to present in a webinar, please contact Matthew Owen at [email protected].