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Community Accelerator Programs


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 four integrated services to accelerate community development through a combination of short-term action and long-term strategy.

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.  The Master Class is available as a full-day onsite program including local meetings and social events, and a half-day Virtual Master Class delivered online.  

 Community Mentoring

The Master Class is a beginning, not an end.  To help you harvest its potential, ICF connects your leaders and projects groups with other Intelligent Communities that have faced similar challenges. We facilitate an exchange of experience and insights that can break through barriers to achieve success. Engagements are customized to your needs and typically involve monthly or quarterly meetings for a period of 6 to 12 months, with a mix of on-site and online participation. During those meetings, you will receive advice on project design, guidance on formulating goals and setting expectations, and strategy advice on leveraging resources and building partnerships.

 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

Dr. Norman Jacknis Runs Community Accelerator Engagement in Mississippi
Monday, December 14, 2015
Norman Jacknis, Senior Fellow of the Intelligent Community Forum, ran a community accelerator program in Ridgeland, Mississippi on December 3, 2015.   read full article >>
Keynote Focuses on Gigabit Future for Riverside County
Thursday, November 5, 2015
It was 100 degrees in the shade in Palm Springs when the department heads of Riverside County, California gathered for an annual retreat and heard   read full article >>
Setting Example for Europe, Oulu Buckles Up for Turbulence
Friday, May 8, 2015
“I grew up in the construction business,” said Mayor Matti Pennanen of Oulu, Finland. “I am used to turbulence.” Mayor   read full article >>
April 30 Accelerator Keynote in Gravenhurst, Ontario Focuses on Collaboration
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
ICF’s Robert Bell, provided a keynote address on April 30 to a group of Muskoka District stakeholders from local government, business and   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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