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Community Accelerator Programs

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The Community Accelerator program provides your city or region with a set of development tools to improve competitiveness, deepen social inclusion and enhance your ability to adapt in today's fast-moving Broadband Economy.  Based on years of research by the Forum, the Community Accelerator:

  • Educates your community on the factors that will determine its economic future and social health
  • Engages and energizes the key stakeholders in the community development process to take leadership roles in creating progress
  • Provides metric analysis that identifies where you stand today and offers specific guidance on where to focus efforts in the future

The Community Accelerator is not a consulting service.  It does not assess feasibility or develop requests for proposal.  Instead, it delivers education and analysis that you can use to plan and execute your future as an Intelligent Community, and a global context for action based on the actual practices of cities and regions around the globe.

Accelerator Services

The Community Accelerator offers three integrated services to accelerate community development through a combination of short-term action and long-term strategy.

Keynote
The Keynote provides stakeholders with an introductory education on the Intelligent Community movement and the benefits your community can gain by starting on the path to becoming an Intelligent Community.    It outlines the core concepts, tells the story of communities that have faced similar challenges and provides Q&A interaction with the audience.
 Master Class

The Master Class is a focused day-long workshop for the governmental, institutional and business leaders of the community.  It offers education to give the champions of change in your community a common understanding.  It provides facilitation that spurs near-term action to improve the community in visible and measurable ways.   These near-term achievements demonstrate the value of the effort and motivate more citizens and organizations to support progress.

 Community Mentoring

The Master Class is a beginning, not an end.  To help you harvest its potential, ICF provides mentoring for project groups that are addressing core challenges.  Mentoring is no substitute for local leadership and motivation but can significantly improve the experience and outcomes of your stakeholders.  Experienced ICF staff members provide advice, based on the experience of more than one hundred other cities and regions, as well as a strategic understanding of how Intelligent Communities develop.  

 Community Metrics

How ready is your community to turn broadband into economic and social value?  The Accelerator Metrics provides an analysis of community readiness and performance based on more than 40 data points related to ICF’s Intelligent Community Indicators.  The majority of the information comes from national and state/provincial data, with supplemental information provided by local government.  ICF analyzes the data and provides written report detailing the community’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and obstacles, and identifies areas where the community can most effectively focus its efforts to make sustainable progress, based on the experience of more than 125 Intelligent Communities around the world.  

Accelerator News

The Broadband Economy of Muskoka
Thursday, April 23, 2015
On April 30, ICF’s Robert Bell will deliver a keynote address to an audience of community leaders in Muskoka, a rural district two hours north   read full article >>
 
University of Oulu Researches Innovation in Partnership with ICF
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The University of Oulu, a premier institution located in this Top7 Intelligent Community in Finland, has partnered with the Intelligent Community   read full article >>
 
Small Town, Big Story?
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Can a town of 2,300 people in the countryside of Mississippi create a future for itself with broadband? The answer is yes if you speak to the   read full article >>
 
Review of Intelligent Cities Presentation with Dr. Norman Jacknis - March 31, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Trapp Block features a review of Dr. Norman Jacknis' Intelligent Cities presentation in New Westminster, Canada. Read the full story at   read full article >>
 

More information

For additional information or for a brochure outlining the Community Accelerator Program, contact ICF by email or by telephone at +1 646-291-6166 x102.

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