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Columbus Named 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year

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Columbus is no stranger to the Intelligent Community Forum. In fact, our city was just named in the Top 7 rankings earlier this year, for the third year in a row. Today though, Columbus received an even higher honor, topping out that annual list in first place.

“All of the Top7 communities this year have been building model Intelligent Communities,” said co-founder Lou Zacharilla. “After three years in the Top7, however, Columbus clearly demonstrated that planning and performance have made it a place with ‘an inner go.’ It is a revolutionary community in the truest sense. Mayor Michael Coleman and the citizens of that great town are leading Ohio, the USA and the Intelligent Community movement from an industrial economy to a knowledge-based one.”

The award is honored to cities that best create inclusive economic opportunities and competitiveness through information technology. Columbus is being recognized as a place for innovation, collaboration, investment opportunities and a high level of quality of life. Specifically highlighted in the recognition were programs at Rev1 Ventures (formerly known as TechColumbus) and the East Franklinton Creative Community District Plan.

“This range of programs is having measurable impact,” said Zacharilla. “Columbus is now one of a handful of US metros that turned a brain drain in 2005-2007 into brain gain in 2007-2009. Employment growth in skilled manufacturing has exceeded 35% over the past decade. In 2008 it was named the #1 “Up and Coming Digital City” by America’s Forbes Magazine and by 2013, Columbus had been  named one of the top 10 cities in the US for new college grads.”

 

For more information, visit www.intelligentcommunity.org.

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