Summit 2020 Program

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Wednesday, October 21

10:00 ET

Welcome and Introduction

ICF co-founders, ICF Institutes, ICF Nations and partner representatives

Speakers Include:

  • Robert Bell, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum
  • John Jung, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum
  • Louis Zacharilla, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum

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10:15 ET

Keynote Panel | Smaller Places, Bigger Opportunities

The biggest things in the world started small. Today, all the attention goes to the big, “superstar” cities where most technology jobs are being created. But in the digital age, “big” is no longer the requirement. The real need is for connection and skills, strategy and talent, a great quality of life in a place where people put down deep roots. A neighborhood, town or modest-size city with the right strategy and leadership can thrive and grow in ways that were impossible two decades ago. In the digital age, they can grow their economies, societies and culture in connection with the rest of the world for generations to come. Speakers offer examples of successful strategies and share their best development practices.

Speakers Include:

  • Roberto Gallardo, Assistant Director, Purdue Center for Regional Development
  • Mayor Allan Thompson, Caledon, Ontario, Canada
  • Jim Yount, Co-Owner, Small Town Tech
  • Bill Coleman, Principal, Community Technology Advisors (Moderator)

              

 

11:15 ET

Top7 Conversation | Westerville, Ohio, USA

Community leaders from Westerville speak with ICF Co-Founder John G. Jung and tell their story.

Westerville is a northeastern suburb of Columbus, capital of the state of Ohio, and home to nearly 40,000 people. It takes its name from the Dutch family that founded it in the 1800s. It was a small place that eventually became known as the “Dry Capital of the World,” based on an 1859 law that forbid the sale of alcohol in the city and the decision of the Anti-Saloon League – which played a leading role in Prohibition – to move its national headquarters there in 1909. It was only in the 1990s, when Westerville annexed land that included alcohol-selling businesses, that local prohibition began to change. Since then, Westerville has made a career of embracing change. In 2007, the city began planning expansion of an existing government fiber network to support smart-grid applications. (Like many smaller US cities, it owns its own electric utility.) The planning process revealed a lack of affordable choices for broadband and data center services. That ultimately led City Council to found WeConnect: an underground fiber network connected to a community-owned data center and delivering 100 Gbps connectivity to municipal service providers, businesses, schools, the local university and research institutes. Read more

Speakers include:

  • John G. Jung, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum (Moderator)

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12:00 ET

Panel Discussion | No Place BUT Home: Innovation in the time of COVID-19

The pandemic of 2020 has put communities around the world under intense pressure, because managing public health and flattening the curve are implemented at the local level. COVID19 relentlessly exposed where we were unprepared, where we were divided, and where economic inequality put citizens at grave risk. But it also sparked remarkable innovation in how we engaged our people, encouraged the right behaviors, managed shortages and calmed fears. In this session, we hear from city and regional leaders about leading in a time of huge uncertainty, preventing the coronavirus from overwhelming healthcare, and bringing the local economy back online with minimal risk to health.

Speakers include:

  • Eli Flournoy, Executive Director, Sugarbush Valley Impact Investments
  • Geoff Millener, Senior Program and Operations Officer, The Enterprise Center

     

 

Thursday, October 22

13:00 ET

The Dublin Development Strategy

The City of Dublin, on the outer edge of the Columbus metropolitan area in Ohio, was an early innovator in the economic, social and cultural development strategies that make up the ICF Method.  The community pioneered solutions in broadband, entrepreneurship and workforce development that made it home to Fortune 500 company headquarters as well as thousands of small businesses, while preserving the quality of life and social bonds that residents love.  In this panel session, city leaders share the Dublin story, the obstacles and achievements, and the lessons learned over decades. 

14:00 ET

Lightning Round Presentations | The Central Ohio Intelligent Community Cluster – Smart vs. Intelligent

The biggest things in the world started small. Today, all the attention goes to the big, “superstar” cities where most technology jobs are being created. But in the digital age, “big” is no longer the requirement – and the global pandemic has revealed the hidden risks bring too many people together in too small an area. The real need is for connection and skills, strategy and talent, a great quality of life in a place where people put down deep roots. A rural community, a modest-size city, or a neighborhood with the right strategy and leadership can thrive and grow in ways that were impossible two decades ago. In the digital age, they can grow their economies, societies and culture in connection with the rest of the world for generations to come. Speakers offer examples of successful strategies and share their best development practices.

Speakers include:

  • Mandy Bishop, Deputy Director of Public Service, City of Columbus
  • Kristy Campbell, Chief Operating Officer Rev 1

     

 

15:00 ET

Interview | Meet the Disrupters

It has become a cliché to say we live in a time of disruption – but it is also the reality of our daily lives and the economic development agenda of government. New solutions – online retailing, coworking spaces, social media – create opportunities but also undermine existing employment. In this interview, a venture capitalist speaks with the innovators bringing change to our communities.

Speakers include:

  • Rodolfo Bellesi, Founder & Principal, Ikove
  • Ben Ami Gradwohl, Co-Founder & CEO, Cognovi Labs

     

 

Friday, October 23

10:00 ET

Top7 Conversation | Tallinn, Estonia

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Community leaders from Tallinn, Estonia speak with ICF Co-Founder Robert Bell and tell their story.

Estonia saw a major boom from 2004 to 2007, as loan capital poured in from Scandinavian countries. The country’s rise from Soviet occupation, beginning in 1991, had been miraculous, but the wave of investment was more than the market could usefully absorb. When the financial crisis came, it hit Estonia and its principal city of Tallinn very hard. Several thousand companies went bankrupt and layoffs, particularly of the low-skilled, rose into the tens of thousands. Yet beneath the froth, Tallinn has put into place the foundations of ICT-based growth that is generating a strong comeback. Tallinn’s first wave of IT industry growth was driven by national government spending on an amazing range of e-government applications. Its return to growth has a more sustainable basis in education and entrepreneurship. With 23 universities and technical schools, Tallinn has the resources for a knowledge workforce; it has focused now on expanding access and filling demand for ICT and digital content skills. Read more

Speakers include:

  • Robert Bell, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum (Moderator)

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10:45 ET

Panel | Collaborative Leadership: Leadership from Council to the Community

A panel of Mayors and City Managers share case studies and exchange ideas on gaining buy-in for change – from a new vision of the future to specific ground-breaking programs – from the City Council to government departments, businesses, institutions and the community at large.

Speakers include:

  • David Collinsworth, City Manager, City of Westerville, Ohio, USA
  • Jane Howington, City Manager, City of Hudson, Ohio, USA
  • Rob McCann, President & CEO, ClearCable Networks (Moderator)

          

12:00 ET

Top7 Conversation | Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Community leaders from a Sunshine Coast speak with Lou Zacharilla and tell their story.

1280px-Maroochydore__Queensland_1.jpgThe Sunshine Coast is a metropolitan area that spreads across 2,291 square kilometers of Australia’s coastline about 100 kilometers north of Brisbane. A sub-tropical paradise of beautiful beaches and scenic mountains, the Coast has experienced boom times and almost doubled its population since the 1980s from tourism and retirement relocation, which drove the growth of construction and retailing. But the ebbing of the commodities boom that fueled Australia’s economy has revealed the fragility of the local economy. Sunshine Coast Council worked with leading business, industry and the Queensland Government to develop the Regional Economic Development Strategy 2013-2033 which provides a 20-year vision and blueprint for sustainable economic growth to transition its economy from the challenging times experienced as a result of volatile global financial conditions to a new and more diverse, adaptable, robust and vibrant economy. And yet, the future looks bright on the Sunshine Coast. The region has averaged 2.7% annual growth over the last decade, making it one of the fastest growing areas in Australia and is independently ranked as the second strongest performing economy in the state of Queensland. Read more

Speakers include:

  • Lou Zacharilla, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum (Moderator)

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Monday, October 26

13:00 ET

Keynote | Smart Colleges, Smart Regions

Because of a quirk of history, the United States is dotted with a number of small liberal arts colleges. Today, many of these colleges face significant challenges—before the outbreak of COVID 19—especially regarding declining enrollment. At the same time, the regions in which they are embedded—largely small town and rural—are facing their own economic and demographic challenges. This is a call for small colleges to re-invent themselves as anchor institutions for their regions, to be more than simply a partner with local stakeholders. Colleges are particularly good at concentrating talent and ideas. Beyond being a large employer, it is important for colleges to act as drivers for new ideas and new businesses, and to build the technical infrastructure necessary to incubate smart communities. 

Speaker: Dr. David Staley, Associate Professor and Director of the Humanities Institute, Ohio State University

13:45 ET

Panel | CIO Roundtable

Municipal CIOs and private-sector executives discuss and debate the challenges of IT infrastructure and services for the public at a time of fast change in the demands and habits of everyone from municipal workers to companies and citizens.  

Speakers include:

  • Todd Jackson, CIO, City of Westerville, Ohio, USA
  • Paul Leedham, CIO, City of Hudson, Ohio, USA
  • Andrea McKinney, General Manager, Corporate Services, Town of Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
  • Moez Chaabouni, Chairman, ICF Jury (Moderator)

               

15:00 ET

Top7 Conversation | Markham, Ontario, Canada

Community leaders from Markham speak with Robert Bell and tell their story.

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Markham is a metro area of 212 sq km approximately 30km northeast of Toronto. It has a population of over 350,000, making it one of the largest municipalities in Canada. Markham has a bustling tech sector, home to hundreds of corporate head offices and over 1,000 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in digital initiatives, from community support and digital training, to partnerships with high tech industry to next-generation upgrades to municipal services. Markham's role as a digital pioneer has had great results for their community and Markham has shared wisdom gained from these steps with other Canadian municipalities at several national municipal conferences and forums. Read more

Speakers include:

  • Robert Bell, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum (Moderator)

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15:45 ET

Panel | Raising a Generation of Innovators

The ideal of education for children, young adults and adults is to create generations of innovators who bring renewal to their communities – and to do it not for a privileged few but as broadly as possible. The 21st Century is witnessing innovation in educational practice, the organization of educational resources and collaboration across silos that promises much. What is needed to fulfill the promise and how can local government bring it about?

 

Tuesday, October 27

10:00 ET

Master Class | Bringing Broadband to Your Community

A condensed version of ICF’s Master Class workshop focuses on how small and midsize communities can get the digital infrastructure they need and turn it into value. Bring your challenges for discussion and leave the room with practical ideas for next steps. Led by Dr. Norman Jacknis.

Dr. Jacknis is currently Senior Fellow at the Intelligent Community Forum. His responsibilities include leading ICF’s Rural Imperative, building on the ideas he developed for the US Conference of Mayors on a future-oriented economic growth strategy for cities. Before joining ICF, he was Director, Cisco’s IBSG Public Sector Group (the company’s open innovation and pro-bono strategic advisory group), where he worked extensively with states and local government, the National Association of Counties, the US Conference of Mayors and the staff responsible for the Federal government’s website and citizen engagement. In addition to citizen engagement, his focus was on economic growth, innovation, and the future of technology. More 

Additional Speakers Include:

  • Roberto Gallardo, Assistant Director, Purdue Center for Regional Development

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11:15 ET

Top7 Conversation | Hudson, Ohio, USA

Community leaders from Hudson speak with Robert Bell and tell their story.

Hudson_No_Main_St_Jon_Dawson_Flickr.jpgThe 22,000 people of Hudson live in a green stretch of the state of Ohio midway between the cities of Cleveland and Akron. Despite the major industrial disruptions of the last 40 years, the region is relatively prosperous. Its economy rests on a mix of manufacturing (polymers, automotive, fabricated metals, electrical and electronic parts and aerospace) and services (transportation, health, insurance, banking, finance and retail). Its population is highly educated, with 68% of residents over age 25 holding a bachelor's degree or higher, and relatively young, with a median age of 39. Median household income is in the six figures. Its downtown district is on the National Register of Historic Places. But like Intelligent Communities everywhere, it is a place in transition from one economy to the next. Hudson seeks to secure its future at a time when smaller communities without a distinct competitive advantage are seeing their human, economic and cultural assets drained away by bigger places. Read more

Speakers include:

  • Robert Bell, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum (Moderator)

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12:00 ET

Workshop | Submitting a Questionnaire to ICF – And Why You Should

ICF Director of Operations Matthew Owen takes you through the process of submitting a questionnaire to ICF that qualifies you to receive a free Snapshot Report on community readiness and for entry into the international ICF Awards Program.  He will be joined by a co-founder to discuss the research and how it works, as well as members of the ICF Analyst team and Jury to discuss how communities can effectively represent themselves when submitting a nomination form.

Speakers include:

  • Matthew Owen, Director of Operations, Intelligent Community Forum (Moderator)

 

Wednesday, October 28

13:00 ET

Master Class | Taking Your City from Connectivity to Community

A condensed version of ICF’s Master Class workshop outlines the ICF Method for turning connectivity into economic, social and cultural growth in unpredictable times. Bring your challenges for discussion and leave the room with practical ideas for next steps. Led by ICF co-founder Robert Bell

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Robert Bell is co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum, where he heads its research, analysis and content development activities. He directs the multi-stage analysis of communities for the annual Intelligent Community Awards program and authors the in-depth profiles of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities that are core to ICF's mission. Robert developed and leads the Intelligent Community Master Class and Community Accelerator programs, as well as ICF's advisory services for communities, and is a frequent speaker at municipal and telecom events. More

14:15 ET

Top7 Conversation | Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Community leaders from a Hamilton speak with Lou Zacharilla and tell their story.

HamiltonOntarioSkylineB.JPGThe Golden Horseshoe is the region that bends around the westernmost end of Lake Ontario in Canada. At the center of the horseshoe’s curve is Hamilton, a city of 520,000 known for industry, education and cultural diversity, having the third-largest foreign-born population in Canada. Hamilton was once known as the Steel Capital of Canada, producing 60% of the nation’s steel. Being an industrial city in the broadband economy, however, has its challenges. Its biggest steel producer nearly went bankrupt before returning to profitability in 2004 – but with a much smaller, higher-skilled workforce. Hamilton’s economic development effort now focuses on playing to its 21st Century strengths. In 2014, it established HCE Telecom as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the city. Since its start in 2015, HCE has deployed a 10-gigabit fiber network to serve city facilities, business, universities and hospitals. City leaders also came to recognize the high potential of the city’s universities, colleges and public schools. These institutions have formed a collaborative initiative called Education City to brand Hamilton as a destination for academic success. One of them, McMaster University, has developed McMaster Innovation Park, a 55-acre innovation and research park that is home to the Innovation Factory, a regional innovation center, and the Forge, an incubator-accelerator that drives entrepreneurship among students and faculty. Read more

Speakers include:

  • Lou Zacharilla, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum (Moderator)

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15:00 ET

Innovators’ Conversation | Spinning Up an Innovation Program

City managers from two small cities take listeners inside the start-up of a successful innovation program and its translation into a program at another city in the region.

Speakers include:

  • Michelle Crandall, City Manager, City of Hilliard, Ohio, USA
  • Joel Carnes, President, Alliance for Innovation (Moderator) 

     

 

 

Thursday, October 29

10:00 ET

Workshop | Strategic Planning for Change

Towns and cities seeking a bigger slice of the innovation economy must build on their existing strengths, which are not always apparent or the subject of consensus.  Understanding where to focus often limited investment dollars is a good first step, but without community backing, the effort will likely fall short.  In this session, we will discuss how social enterprise thinking can enable communities to harness the resources needed to see promising growth initiatives through to sustainability. Speakers include Craig Chambers, Instructor, Voinovich Academy at Ohio University and Faith Knutsen, Director of Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Ohio University.

     

11:15 ET

Top7 Conversation | Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Community leaders from Adelaide speak with ICF Co-Founder John G. Jung and tell their story.

154843-34.jpgThe capital of the state of South Australia, Adelaide also enjoys, according to The Economist, the distinction of being among the most livable cities in the world. It is the center of a metro area of 1.3 million that contains 75% of the state’s population. That high livability factor is the result of its comfortable Mediterranean climate and coastal location, a legacy of planning that dates back to its founding in the 19th Century, and a diverse and well-educated population, of which 30% come from overseas and more than 34,000 are international students. The community is home to the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, Flinders University and campuses of Carnegie Mellon and University College London. The educational connection has given birth to multiple research and development parks, including the Waite Research Precinct, Technology Park, Science Park and the Research Park at Thebarton. Read more

Speakers include:

  • John G. Jung, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum (Moderator)

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12:00 ET

Interactive | The Future of the Place Called Home

Intensifying concentration in metropolitan areas has been the development story of the 20th and early 21st Centuries, leveraging the power of bringing talent, resources and money together in one place. Will it be the story of the rest of this century? This discussion panel debates the economic, social and cultural trajectory of the past and how it may be reshaped by the technologies of today and the future.

Speakers include:

  • Eli Flournoy, Executive Director, Sugarbush Valley Impact Investments

12:45 ET

Intelligent Community Awards

Announcement of the Intelligent Community of the Year.


 

Intelligent Community Awards Dinner, 2018


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