On August 22, 2005, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) will begin accepting nominations for its annual Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year listing. The Intelligent Community Forum has been presenting its Top Seven list since 2000. Once again, the 2006 Top Seven will be announced at the Pacific Telecommunications Council’s January conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, which attracts thousands of private and public-sector attendees each year to explore the intersection between telecommunications and development. From our Top Seven, one community will be named Intelligent Community of the Year at our annual conference, in June 2006, in New York.
About the Intelligent Community Forum
ICF is a think-tank that focuses on the role of broadband communications in economic development by communities large and small, in both industrial and developing nations. We live today in what ICF calls the “broadband economy,” where –
-The old competitive advantages of location and natural resources have lost their power to create jobs
-Every employee is in wage and skill competition with people in similar industries worldwide
-Every community is in competition with communities around the globe, but also has the power to access distant markets for its products and services.
“Intelligent Communities” are ones that accept the challenges of the broadband economy and work to build a local economy that can thrive within it. It takes more than “being wired” – it requires smart government policy and strong public-private collaboration. It involves the creation of knowledge workers, innovation in business and government, efforts to bridge the digital divide, and strong marketing.
How to Nominate Your Community
The Top Seven list is open to cities, towns, villages, counties or other geographic regions that form a definable community. If your community is fighting for a prosperous place in the broadband economy, please watch for our upcoming announcement that nominations are being accepted or visit our Web site at www.intelligentcommunity.org. You will be able to download an application form from our Web site. The deadline for completed applications is October 14, 2005. There is no cost to submit a nomination. A list of finalists will be announced on November 18, and the Top Seven will be named during PTC 2005, January 15-18 in Honolulu.
John G. Jung
Chairman, Intelligent Community Forum
55 Broad Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004-2501 USA