The Intelligent Community Forum has released the top 7 competitors for the Intelligent Community of the Year. TWO communities from Taiwan have made the cut, AND the location of our conference, good ole’ Columbus-town.
The seven finalists – Columbus, Ohio; Oulu, Finland; Stratford, Canada; Taichung City, Taiwan; Tallinn, Estonia; Taoyuan County, Taiwan; and Toronto, Canada – “provide a model of 21st Century economic and social development, using information and communications technology to power growth, address social challenges and preserve and promote culture,” said an ICF statement.
We’d just like to take this time to show some Midwest pride! Columbus is more awesome than you might think :)
Zacharilla says the perception of Columbus, Ohio, and the new reality are very different. “The perception is Ohio is in the industrial rust belt, largely irrelevant, not really doing much, living on old foundry fumes. That’s not at all the case,” he said. “It is a very hip city, and their incubator, TechColumbus, is literally putting out all kinds of new businesses.” In addition, said Zacharilla, the city has effectively reversed “brain drain,” so highly trained and intelligent people stay in the area versus move elsewhere.
So come and see this city that’s a relic of the industrial age while simultaneously fostering all kinds of cutting-edge art and tech!