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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 three 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.

 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

Grey County Master Class Seeks to Deepen Commitment to an Intelligent Future
Monday, December 1, 2014
Light snow fell the morning of November 7 around the city of Owen Sound, but it did nothing to dampen participation or enthusiasm at a Master Class   read full article >>
Lethbridge in Western Canada Considers Future as Intelligent Community
Monday, November 10, 2014
Robert Bell delivered an Accelerator Keynote address and led a discussion with members of Council and key stakeholders in Lethbridge, three hours   read full article >>
Master Class Explores the Future of Urban and Rural Montana
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The city of Butte, Montana, USA was the setting for a July 1 Master Class led by ICF’s Robert Bell at the invitation of Headwaters Resource,   read full article >>
Keynote Proposes a Broadband Economy for the County of Grey
Thursday, July 3, 2014
On June 26, Robert Bell was in Owen Sound, Ontario, the county seat of the County of Grey, for a keynote on the county’s digital future. This   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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