Posted Thursday February 25, 2021

Economic Prosperity

ICF Names the Smart21 Communities of 2021

Communities from eight nations, including Vietnam and the United Kingdom, named this year:
At the conclusion of a virtual conference hosted by the Township of Langley and the City of Maple Ridge in British Columbia, Canada, and in a simultaneous global announcement online from its New York City headquarters, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) today named the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2021.

Selection of this group of regions, cities and towns begins the think tank’s annual nine-month process which will conclude when ICF names the 2021 Intelligent Community of the Year in October 2021 at the ICF Summit. Each has applied the six principles of the ICF Method to begin building inclusive economic prosperity, social health and cultural richness, which together make a community strong and resilient. Most have been working on their programs for several years.

Following this announcement, the Smart21 will complete detailed questionnaires providing more information on their communities. Seven of them will advance to being named the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2021, which will be announced during virtual conference taking place 22-24 June. The Top7 will be the focus of the 2021 ICF Global Summit in October, where one will be named the Intelligent Community of the Year.

“Canada again asserted itself on our annual list of 21,” said ICF co-founder Lou Zacharilla (photo). “This is our most diverse group. Despite the great challenges facing most of these communities in 2020, the work to create Intelligent Communities went forward with an eye on inclusion, diversity and economic progress in a post-COVID world. The successor to Tallinn is going to be unlike that Estonian city in many ways – but will share the goal of creating a better life for each citizen.”

The Smart21 Communities of 2021:

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Alexandria Lakes Area, Minnesota, USA
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Binh Duong Smart City, Vietnam
Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario, Canada
Fairlawn, Ohio, USA
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Township of Langley, British Columbia, Canada
City of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
Markham, Ontario, Canada
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Moscow, Russia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Prospect, South Australia, Australia
Rochester, New York, USA
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Wellington, New Zealand
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The 2021 Smart21 Communities were named on the final day of a three-day virtual conference hosted by the Township of Langley and the City of Maple Ridge and sponsored by the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Clearcable, and WorkBC. The conference focused on how the technology revolution of our time can be made to serve the people, businesses and institutions of communities.

The Smart21 are selected by ICF based on quantitative and qualitative data related to the six Factors of the ICF Method. The data and information are evaluated by a global team of Analysts led by Columbia professor, former Cisco executive and former Westchester County (New York) CIO, Dr. Norman Jacknis. Dr. Jacknis serves as a Senior Fellow of the Intelligent Community Forum. The ICF Method provides the conceptual framework for understanding the factors that determine a community’s competitiveness in economic, social and cultural terms. Click here to learn more about the ICF Method.


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