Congratulations to Ipswich, Queensland for being recognised as one of the top 7 Intelligent Communities of 2015 worldwide, by the New York based think-tank The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).
According to the ICF:
“Intelligent Communities are those which have – whether through crisis or foresight – come to understand the enormous challenges of the Broadband Economy, and have taken conscious steps to create an economy capable of prospering in it. They are not necessarily big cities or famous technology hubs. They are located in developing nations as well as industrialized ones, suburbs as well as cities, the hinterland as well as the coast.”
The Top 7 in alphabetical order are
In alphabetical order, the 2015 Top7 Intelligent Communities are:
Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Mitchell, South Dakota, USA
New Taipei City, Taiwan
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
More details of each here.
In 2011, Ipswich published a 20-year economic development plan designed to combat its challenges and prepare for the ones to come. When the Australian government’s National Broadband Network was announced in 2009, Ipswich partnered with local communities to create what they called the Western Corridor National Broadband Network and attract national investment. A Digital Hub project and Digital Enterprise program are equipping citizens and business with digital skills, while Ipswich begins a major redevelopment of its city centre, where digital technologies will be used to attract tenants and to improve public safety. Green standards will make the centre one of the most sustainable in Australia. Morehere.