Lambton County named as one of the world’s Smart21 Communities for 2016 by the Intelligent Community Forum

Media Release – Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario – October 22, 2015

The Intelligent Community Forum today named the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2016. This select group of communities will now be in contention for the prestigious designation of Intelligent Community of the Year in June 2016.
“We are very excited to name 11 new communities from North America, Europe and Asia to this year’s Smart21,” said ICF co-founder Robert Bell. “We streamlined our selection process this year, increasing the quantitative portion of the data-gathering and analysis, and that has created opportunities for more cities and counties to be included in consideration for this prestigious group of Smart21 Communities.”

The Smart21 Communities of 2016 are comprised of eight communities from Canada, five communities from Taiwan, two communities from the United States, two communities from Australia, and one community each from Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Sweden. In addition to Lambton County, other Canadian communities included as part of the Smart21 Communities for 2016 are: Hamilton, Ontario; Lethbridge, Alberta; Montreal, Quebec; Oshawa, Ontario; Ottawa, Ontario; Surrey, British Columbia; and Winnipeg, Manitoba. A video presentation of the announcement as well as a complete list of the communities named as Smart 21 Communities is available on the Intelligent Community Forum’s website at the following link:

http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&srctype=detail&category=Awards&refno=1830

The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership applied for this prestigious award on behalf of the entire community to recognize the work that has been done by so many groups to further the economy of Lambton County.

“To be designated as a Smart21 community by the Intelligent Community Forum, recognizes Lambton County as a community that can effectively compete in the global economy,” said George Mallay, General Manager of the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership.

“This recognition by the Intelligent Community Forum, comes from the effort of the entire community of Lambton County to be able to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with many other world class communities in Canada as well as around the world,” said Mike Bradley chair of the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership Board.

“Our social innovation, entrepreneurship development, community branding and global leadership in the sustainable chemistry and energy sector are getting us world-wide recognition,” said Lambton County Warden Bev MacDougall.

Evaluation of Intelligent Community Forum Awards Program nominations is based on the six Intelligent Community Indicators which are: Broadband, Knowledge Workforce, Innovation, Digital Equality, Sustainability, and Advocacy which provide the conceptual framework for understanding all of the factors that determine a community’s competitiveness and point to its success in the broadband economy. In addition, the Awards are guided by this year’s theme, From Revolution to Renaissance, which focuses on how Intelligent Communities plan their future at a time when the economy, the environment and the patterns of urban and rural life are undergoing dramatic change.

The Smart21 Communities of 2016 will next provide more detailed data through an extensive questionnaire, which is evaluated by an independent research firm. The seven highest-scoring cities or regions will then be named the Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year in February of 2016. In June of 2016, at an event in Columbus, Ohio, USA, the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year, one community will be chosen to succeed Columbus as the 2016 Intelligent Community of the Year.

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For more information contact:
Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership Contact
George Mallay, General Manager
Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership
519-332-1820 / 1-800-972-7642

Intelligent Community Forum Contacts
Matthew Owen
Director of Operations, Intelligent Community Forum
Phone: 001-646-291-6166 x105
Email: mowen@intelligentcommunity.org

Louis Zacharilla
Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum
Phone: (M) 001-917-715-0711 (O) 001-212-249-0624
Email: lzacharilla@intelligentcommunity.org
About Intelligent Community Forum
The Intelligent Community Forum (www.intelligentcommunity.org), headquartered in New York, is a global movement of more than 140 cities, towns and regions. As an international think tank and Foundation, ICF studies and promotes the best practices of the world’s Intelligent Communities as they adapt to the new demands and seize the opportunities presented by information and communications technology (ICT). To help cities and towns build prosperous economies, solve social problems and enrich local cultures, the Intelligent Community Forum conducts research, hosts global events, publishes books, and produces its high-profile annual international awards program. The Forum has two Institutes in North America dedicated to the study of the movement, with more institutes planned. Global leaders, thinkers, and media observers follow and participate in the ongoing global dialogue initiated by the Intelligent Community Forum. In 2012 ICF was invited to participate at the Nobel Peace Prize conference in Oslo and in 2014, its model and work was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which, according to the American government, was “aimed at creating a more flexible and responsive system of workforce development to meet the needs of employers looking to fill 21st century jobs.” The Forum’s Foundation has an association made up of 134 designated Intelligent Communities worldwide, which is represented by mayors and key civic leaders. For more information, go to www.icf-foundation.org. For more details on the Intelligent Community Forum’s recent publications and programs, www.intelligentcommunity.org

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