Ottawa on list of seven most intelligent communites

The Intelligent Community Forum in New York has named Ottawa one of the “top seven intelligent communities of the year.”

The ICF, which studies economic and social development in 21st century communities, released it’s annual top seven list and included Ottawa (the only Canadian city on the list) after a three-year absence.

From the ICF web site:

The resilience of the Ottawa model stems from clear strategy, robust broadband for all, multiple public-private partnerships, and a relentless focus on education and start-ups.  A new Ottawa Innovation Strategy is being developed to fast-track job, business and investment creation.  After public-private investments extended broadband to rural areas, 75% of business owners there believe that connectivity has improved their sales and profitability.  The partnerships and programs, led by the Ottawa Centre for Research & Innovation, are almost too many to count.  Universities offer entrepreneurship training to faculty members, and graduate and undergraduate programs in computer games, sustainable energy engineering, animation and IT.  One program funded by a venture capital firm pairs new graduates with seasoned entrepreneurs to bring new technology for market in as little as one year.

Other communities named to the top seven were Dublin, Ohio, Dundee, Scotland, Eindhoven, Netherlands, Suwon, South Korea and Tallinn, Estonia.