Edmonton was just named as one of the most intelligent communities on earth by ‘ICF’ based out of New York City.
EDMONTON — Edmontonians should be proud. The major Canadian city made it into this year’s top seven finalist for the most intelligent communities on earth which was provided by the Intelligent Communities Forum, or ICF, based out of New York City, NY, just two days ago on Friday, February 10, 2017.
The list started off with 21 cities around the world – dubbed the Smart21, and has since been lowered down to just 1/3rd of that, listing the top 7 intelligent cities across the globe.
Interestingly enough, Canada makes up for two of those final seven slots. Edmonton, Alberta, and Grey County, Ontario.
Here’s ICFs video announcing the finalists:
Because Edmonton made the top 7, it has been invited to New York City to take part in the summit later this year.
What is the Intelligent Community Awards?
The Intelligent Community Awards was initially launched in New York in 1999, honoring more than 160 cities, regions and counties across the globe. These are the world’s aspiring communities that are working to make places that people call home, better.
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They honor communities that solve social problems and communities that strengthen the cultures that make them who they are.
The six criteria that they base their analysis on are broadband, knowledge workforce, innovation, digital equality, sustainability, and advocacy.
Here are the final 7 nominations (alphabetical):
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- Chiayi City, Taiwan
- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- Grey County, Ontario, Canada
- Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
- Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Moscow, Russia
- Taoyuan, Taiwan
The ICF Summit takes place in New York City on June 6th through to June 8th, 2017. We’ll know if Edmonton, Alberta takes the #1 slot then.
Montreal, Quebec is the current global leader, who were responsible for winning in 2016, so this would make for two consecutive wins in a row for Canada if Edmonton, Alberta or Grey County, Ontario were to win this year.
Way to go, Edmontonians! Let’s go for the gold!
This article was written by Jody Mitoma.