In an announcement last night at an international conference at Taoyuan, Taiwan, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) named the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2020. The 18th annual Top7 list includes cities and counties from the United States, Canada, Australia and Estonia. One of these seven finalists in the think tank’s annual awards program will be named the Intelligent Community of the Year at the ICF Summit in June in Dublin, Ohio, USA on June 18th.
In alphabetical order, the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2020 are:
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Hudson, Ohio, USA
Markham, Ontario, Canada
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Westerville, Ohio, USA
Five of this year’s Top7 Intelligent Communities have appeared on the Top7 list in previous years: this is Tallinn’s sixth appearance on the list, and the second such appearance for Hamilton, Hudson, Sunshine Coast and Westerville. Adelaide and Markham are making their first appearance as Top7 Communities.
ICF co-founder John G. Jung and Director of Operations Matthew Owen were on hand in Taoyuan where, following a day-long conference that gathered Intelligent Communities from around the world, they made the announcement before a live audience. It is of note that Taoyuan is the 2019 Intelligent Community of the Year, and one of these Top7 will succeed Taoyuan as the 2020 Intelligent Community of the Year, to be named in June.
The day-long conference which gathered cities and communities from around the world was opened by President Tsai Ing-wen, the first woman elected president of Taiwan. Madame Tsai welcomed the ICF, the Smart21 communities in attendance and again congratulated Taoyuan and its mayor for its achievement in 2019.
“It was an honor to have President Tsai Ing-wen welcome us to Taiwan for our Top7 announcement,” said ICF Chairman and co-founder John G. Jung. “There may be no more appropriate place than Taoyuan, Taiwan – last year’s Intelligent Community of the Year – for us announce the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2020. We look forward to continuing to work with Taoyuan in the future, as it can stand as an example and mentor to other aspiring intelligent communities in Taiwan and around the world.”
In addition to the live announcement in Taoyuan, ICF simultaneously has released a video on its official YouTube channel announcing the group. You can watch video at: www.intelligentcommunity.org/top7. A high-resolution version of the video is available for media outlets by emailing email@example.com.
“A trend of small and midsize cities evolving into successful Intelligent Communities continues,” said ICF co-founder Louis Zacharilla. “These places are not only achieving as separate communities, they are pushing their nations toward new ideas, economic growth and sustainability. What we are seeing is the realization of what Taiwan’s national leaders and the state of Ohio are attempting: to create: “Intelligent nations, states and regions. It’s a very exciting time for these smaller cities because they are proving size matters less than adapting.”
The ICF Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2020 will be featured throughout the ICF Global Summit in Dublin, Ohio, USA on June 16th-18th. Representatives from the Top7 will take part in the program’s features – including Economic Development Matchmaking sessions and special Top7 Conversations – and will be the focus on the evening of June 17th at a reception in their honor. On the 18th, one will be named the 2020 Intelligent Community of the Year at an Awards Dinner at the prestigious Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.