Lethbridge in Top 21 Named by Intelligent Community Forum
The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) announced yesterday that Lethbridge is one of the top 21 finalists with the potential to become the 2016 Intelligent Community of the Year. This announcement is the first stage in the ICF's annual Intelligent Community Awards cycle which considers nominations from nearly 400 communities, large and small, from around the world.
"It’s very encouraging that the Intelligent Community Forum has already taken notice of the work we’re doing in Lethbridge on the Intelligent Community initiative," says Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman. "There’s much more we need to do, and this announcement is a clear indication that we’re building significant momentum."
The ICF bases their decision on the six Intelligent Community indicators which include Broadband Connectivity, Knowledge Workforce, Digital Inclusion, Innovation, Marketing & Advocacy and Sustainability. This year, nominations were also considered in relation to an annual theme, from Revolution to Renaissance, which focuses on how communities plan for a future of economic, technological and environmental disruption.
"Being recognized as one of the finalists so early in this journey validates the decision by the EDL Board and City Council to take a leadership role in moving our community in this visionary direction," says Economic Development Lethbridge CEO Trevor Lewington. "We continue to have tremendous engagement from a broad range of partners and stakeholders. We also recognize that this collaborative approach will be even more important as we shift from strategy development to implementation and eventually through to sustainability."
The City of Lethbridge and Economic Development Lethbridge are working in partnership on this initiative and believe this announcement will build on the energy and interest that is being created within the community. Through 2015, along with the development and finalization of the Strategy Roadmap, focus is being placed on the release of open municipal data, the establishment of a connectivity working group and the implementation of a community-based awareness campaign. For more information and to provide feedback on the draft benefit statements as identified by the Intelligent Community Steering Committee, visit www.intelligentYQL.ca.