Each year, after the Smart21 Communities have been announced, the process continues with the announcement of the Top7 Communities of the Year, finalists for the award. Top7 Announcements typically take place in June.
The Top7 represent models of economic and social transformation in the 21st Century. They are not the most advanced technology centers, the most wired cities or the fastest growing economies in the world. Instead, each exemplifies best practices in broadband deployment and use, workforce development, innovation, digital inclusion and advocacy that offer lessons to regions, cities, towns and villages around the world. They are charting new paths to lasting prosperity for their citizens, businesses and institutions.