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06-10-2010, 10:01 PM
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Top Seven are Finalists in the Prestigious Intelligent Community of the Year Award Process

The Intelligent Community Forum named its 2010 Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year today at a luncheon ceremony taking place at PTC'10 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (13:30 HAST, 18:30 EST, 23:30 GMT). The Top Seven announcement is the second stage of ICF’s annual Intelligent Community awards cycle.

The Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year
The following communities, drawn from the Smart21 of 2010, were named to the Top Seven based on analysis of their nominations by a team of independent academic experts:

* Tallinn, Estonia. In the first decade of the new century, Estonia became known as one of the “Baltic Tigers” for its high rate of economic growth after decades of stagnation under Soviet rule. Its capital city of Tallinn was epicenter of the transformation, which was based on sound financial and regulatory reform and devotion to making Estonia one of the most connected nations on earth. But when the Great Recession struck Tallinn in 2008, it threatened to undo the decade of advances. Tallinn’s response was typical: to continue driving forward with its Tallinn Development Plan of 2009-2013, which focuses on talent development, international partnerships and innovative urban planning. To lessen the impact of recession, the city also put into place over 40 short-term programs, including grants for job creation, rent relief for job-creating companies, start-up and training support for entrepreneurs, and the introduction of entrepreneurship fairs. Tallinn also redoubled the educational collaboration between government, institutions and business, which made it possible to renovate 85% of public schools and start youth entrepreneurship programs that connect talented young people with business mentors to help build the next generation of successful local companies.

More information is available on ICF’s Web site from the Awards menu. Complete profiles of the communities will be available on ICF's Web site following publication of the white paper, The Top Seven Intelligent Communities of 2010.

“The Top Seven of 2010 have demonstrated ingenuity through innovative broadband applications and dedication to education,” said ICF Co-founder Louis Zacharilla who presented the Top Seven during the annual PTC conference in Hawaii. “Each of these communities was affected by the recession, yet they pushed forward with their commitment to broadband, innovation and a knowledge-based economy through investments in research and development facilities, the creation and aggressive support of small business and “clusters” of industries that continued to produce new jobs."

This is a few months old news, but not posted, so I decided to post it. Information about the other 6 communities in the link.

Tallinn has been among the Top Seven Intelligent Communities in the world for 4 years straight now.