City of Prospect has been included in the Top 21 Intelligent Communities in the world by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). This is the sixth time Prospect has been included in Top 21 Communities list in the past eight years.
The award was announced in Canada at the conclusion of an ICF Canada event. This year the top 21 Intelligent Communities were from 10 nations and included Chicago, USA, Illinois, USA, Moscow, Russia, Winnipeg, Canada and Manitoba, Canada. Prospect is one of three Australian cities on the list.
“This award reflects Prospect’s creative and community-based approach to do things smarter by collaborating with other councils and the community. A hallmark of our approach has been direct engagement with our business community through Network Prospect and the Prospect Business Leaders group. Being a Smart21 Community will also help us to gain a higher global profile and be more attractive to companies searching for a place to invest,” said City of Prospect CEO Cate Hart.
“There is still much to do with our Digital Strategy and we will be continuing our collaborative approach to keep Prospect a smart and creative city.”
City of Prospect’s key achievements in the past 12 months have been:
- Establishing GigCity Adelaide in Prospect
- Roll out Prospect Fast WiFi
- Digital Marketing Campaign for Prospect Road
- Connected Cities project with four other councils
- Approach to Infinite Learning – with local schools, University of Adelaide and the University of the Third Age.
The Top 21 Communities for 2019 are:
- Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
- Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
- Binh Duong Smart City, Vietnam
- Chiayi City, Taiwan
- Chicago, Illinois, USA
- Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
- Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
- Hudson, Ohio, USA
- Issy les Moulineaux, France
- Keelung City, Taiwan
- Moscow, Russia
- Nairobi County, Kenya
- Prospect, South Australia, Australia
- Rochester, New York, USA
- Sarnia-Lambton County, Ontario, Canada
- Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
- Surat, Gujarat, India
- Tainan City, Taiwan
- Taoyuan City, Taiwan
- Westerville, Ohio, USA
- Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
The Smart21 Communities are selected by ICF based on quantitative and qualitative data submitted to the Forum and developed by independent research, which is evaluated by a group of Analysts led by former Cisco executive and Westchester County (New York) CIO, Dr. Norman Jacknis. The analysis is based on the ICF Method, which provides the conceptual framework for understanding the factors that determine a community’s competitiveness in economic, social and cultural terms. The 2019 Awards program also focuses on the annual theme of Infinite Learning. Faced with the new and infinite ability of machines to learn, human beings can only master this technology leap by committing lifelong learning for the people and organizations in the community, because only that will allow us to adapt to new demands and seize new opportunities.
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The video below from the Intelligent Community Forum explains what this designation means to our community.