Fredericton named among world’s top seven “intelligent” communities

Fredericton named among world's top seven "intelligent" communities
by: Joaquim P. Menezes

Fredericton, New Brunswick has been named among the seven smartest communities in the world by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

The city – which features in ICF's Top Seven Intelligent Communities of 2008 list – has been recognized for its success in building a knowledge economy through a broadband infrastructure.

Fredericton's effective use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to substantially reduce its carbon footprint was also recognized.

New York-based ICF is a non-profit think tank that focuses on job creation and economic development in the broadband economy.

The other global communities included in ICF's Top Seven list are: Dundee, Scotland; the Gangnam District, Seoul, South Korea; Northeast Ohio; Tallinn, Estonia; Westchester County, New York and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The announcement of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities is the second phase in ICF's annual initiative that will culminate in the selection of the Intelligent Community of the Year in May.

The cycle started last October with ICF announcing the world's 21 most intelligent communities.

That "Smart21" list – in addition to Fredericton – included two other Canadian cities, Edmonton, AB and Vancouver, BC.

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