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ICF Announces the Smart21 of 2016

New York - The Intelligent Community Forum named the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2016. This select group of communities will now be in contention for the prestigious designation of Intelligent Community of the Year, to be named in June 2016 at the ICF Summit in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

“We are very excited to name 11 new communities from North America, Europe and Asia to this year’s Smart21,” said ICF co-founder Robert Bell. “We streamlined our selection process this year, increasing the quantitative portion of the data-gathering and analysis, and that has created opportunities for more cities and counties to be included in consideration for this prestigious group of Smart21 Communities.”

The newest Canadian SMART21 members are, in alphabetical order:

Hamilton, Ontario
Lambton County, Ontario
Lethbridge, Alberta
Oshawa, Ontario

They are joined this year by

Montreal, Quebec
Ottawa, Ontario
Surrey, British Columbia
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Congratulations to all of the Canadian SMART21 Intelligent Communities for 2016. Other Canadian communities already part of ICF Canada include:

Burlington, Ontario
Calgary, Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Kenora, Ontario
Kingston, Ontario
Moncton, New Brunswick
Nunavut
Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario-Quebec
Parkland County, Alberta
Quebec City, Quebec
Saint John, New Brunswick
Stratford, Ontario
Sudbury, Ontario
Toronto, Ontario
Vancouver, British Columbia
Waterloo, Ontario
Western Valley, Nova Scotia
Windsor-Essex, Ontario

ICF Canada now represents 27 Intelligent Communities across Canada. The other cities around the world that made this year’s SMART21 list are:

Armidale, New South Wales, Australia*
Brabant Kempen Region, The Netherlands*
Hsinchu County, Taiwan
Ispwich, Queensland, Australia
Jonkoping, Sweden*
Kaohsiung, Taiwan*
Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA*
Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany*
New Taipei City, Taiwan
San Diego, California, USA*
Taitung County, Taiwan*
Taoyuan, Taiwan
Whanganui, New Zealand

*Eight new SMART21 international Intelligent Communities have now been qualified as well as the four new Canadian SMART21 Intelligent Communities. These are added to the current 134 global members for a total new membership of 146 Intelligent Communities in the global association (ICFF).

The Smart21 of 2016

Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
Brabantse Kempen Region, The Netherlands
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Hsinchu County, Taiwan
Ispwich, Queensland, Australia
Jönköping, Sweden
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Lambton County, Ontario, Canada
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
New Taipei City, Taiwan
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
San Diego, California, USA
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Taitung County, Taiwan
Taoyuan, Taiwan
Whanganui, New Zealand
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Smart21 will complete detailed questionnaires on their challenges, opportunities and results. An independent research firm analyzes these questionnaires to narrow the list to the Top7 Intelligent Communities, which we will announce in February. Still more analysis and inspection tours of the Top7 follow until, in June, we will name one of them as the Intelligent Community of the Year at the ICF Summit in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

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