The Intelligent Community Forum (www.intelligentcommunity.org) has announced Winnipeg as part of their 2012 Smart21 list. The list consists of the worlds top 21 Intelligent Communities based on a the 2012 theme “innovation”.
The Smart21 announcement is the first stage in ICF’s annual Intelligent Community Awards cycle. Based on nominations submitted by communities large and small from around the world, ICF selects 21 finalists with the potential to become one of the Forum’s Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year. The Smart21 list is announced at least 60 days before the selection of the Top Seven and promoted to the world’s media by ICF and the communities involved. Gaining a place among the year’s Smart21 is considered a badge of honor as well as the first step greater recognition as an Intelligent Community positioned to prosper in the broadband economy.
This marks Winnipeg’s second year in a row making it onto the Smart21 list.
The Smart21 of 2012
The 2012 honorees include 4 communities from Europe, 10 from North America, 3 from Latin America, and 4 from Asia. Over half are communities that appear on the list for the first time. Of the 2012 list, 10 have appeared among the Smart21 before, which is typical of the ICF’s awards programs, as communities continue to demonstrate progress in their quest to be named Intelligent Community of the Year.
The Smart21 of 2012 are:
* Arlington County, Virginia, USA
* Austin, Texas, USA
* Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
* Columbus Region, Ohio, USA
* Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
* Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
* Danville, Virginia, USA
* Durango, Mexico
* Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
* Heraklion, Crete, Greece
* Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
* New Taipei City, Taiwan
* Oulu, Finland
* Prospect, South Australia, Australia
* Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
* Riverside, California, USA
* Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
* Stratford, Ontario, Canada
* Taichung City, Taiwan
* Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico
* Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
The ICF write up on Winnipeg’s selection: