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This article was published 13/2/2016 (2118 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Winnipeg has once again made it on the Intelligent Community Forum’s list of the top seven intelligent communities in the world.
It’s the second time in three years Winnipeg has been included on the prestigious ranking and the fifth time it has been in the top 21 since 2011.
This year’s theme was "from revolution to renaissance."
Applicants — from about 400 communities around the world — were asked to consider the ways cities and towns plan for their future at a time when the economy, the environment, and the patterns of urban and rural life are undergoing dramatic change.
According to Economic Development Winnipeg (EDW), which co-ordinated the submission, Winnipeg made the cut for a few reasons.
One involves how the city pursues economic growth by systematically connecting industry and education. The other is how the city’s indigenous and cultural assets are leveraged.
Greg Dandewich, EDW’s senior vice-president, said, "This year’s top seven finish is evidence that we continue to be a global leader when it comes to integrating public and private enterprises with education and training initiatives in ways that consistently resonate with intended audiences both here and around the world."
In alphabetical order, the 2016 Top 7 intelligent communities are:
- Hsinchu County, Taiwan,
- Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany
- New Taipei City, Taiwan
- Surrey, B.C.
- Whanganui, New Zealand
As part of its participation in the forum, EDW has put together a "smart city caucus" that meets occasionally. It includes representatives from MTS, Manitoba Hydro, TRTech, the Manitoba Research Network, Cisco Systems, Fibre.ca, the Cisco Innovation Centre, IBM, the University of Winnipeg, Red River College, Innovate Manitoba, Innovation Alley, Sisler High School, the Louis Riel School Division, the Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, the City of Winnipeg and the provincial government’s Jobs and the Economy Department.
Croft Petersmeyer, a spokesman for EDW, said the community has made a significant commitment to participate in the program.
"It is another feather in our cap," he said.
"It shows we are going in the right direction. We have this third-party group who, out of 400 submissions, say we are doing the right things. There is some validation there."
The 2016 Intelligent Community of the Year will be announced June 16 in Columbus, Ohio, which was the 2015 winner.
Martin Cash has been writing a column and business news at the Free Press since 1989. Over those years he’s written through a number of business cycles and the rise and fall (and rise) in fortunes of many local businesses.