The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) named Columbus, Ohio, USA as the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year, in Toronto, Canada host city for the global awards program.
The awards ceremony was the conclusion of the Intelligent Community Forum’ s annual Summit. Columbus succeeds Toronto as the think-tank’ s annual Intelligent Community of the Year.
Dr. Jason Hu, the three-time mayor of Taichung and nation’ s former Foreign Minister was given the group’ s prestigious Visionary of the Year award.
The capital city of Ohio had reached the finals of the ICF’ s Awards program three times before. Columbus is the fourth American city to capture ICF’ s top honor, and the first since 2012 (Riverside, California, USA). LaGrange, Georgia was named in 2000 and New York City earned the top spot in 2001.
Columbus was selected after a year-long evaluation that included a quantitative analysis of extensive data, site inspections by the Intelligent Community Forum, and votes from an international jury made up of experts from around the world. Communities in the Awards program are evaluated based on five Intelligent Community Indicators, or criteria,and a sixth criteria, the ICF’ s annual theme, The Revolutionary Community is added to the evaluation process.
About the Intelligent Community Forum
The Intelligent Community Forum (www.intelligentcommunity.org), headquartered in New York, is a global movement of 134 cities, towns and regions. As an international think tank and Foundation, ICF studies and promotes the best practices of the world’s Intelligent Communities as they adapt to the new demands and seize the opportunities presented by information and communications technology (ICT). To help cities and towns build prosperous economies, solve social problems and enrich local cultures, the Intelligent Community Forum conducts research, hosts global events, publishes books, and produces its high-profile annual international awards program.