No New Brunswick cities on the ICF list this year

Two years ago Moncton and Fredericton were on the ICF list of top seven intelligent communities – now there are none

Someone told me the short list of 20 communities was very strong this year and that is why Moncton  may have been edged out. 

Here is the list for 2010:

Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Dublin, Ohio, USA
Dundee, Scotland, UK
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Suwon, South Korea
Tallinn, Estonia

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4 Responses to No New Brunswick cities on the ICF list this year

  1. Well, you can’t really argue against any of those choices. It’s not a list of also-rans or wannabes; it actually is a very strong list.

    It’s a nomination and selection process, not a year-over-year monitoring, so it’s not a surprise to see cities disappear off the list completely.

    It was fun while it lasted.

  2. mikel says:

    Yeah, right. In two years Moncton and Fredericton suddenly got ‘stupid’. In two years all these communities suddenly ‘smartened up’. The organization that runs this is a broadband organization, all it means is that these communities started some wifi inititiatives.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t we just have a blog discussion about these fickle lists? They are a short-lived source of ‘feel-good’. We need to identify consistent, meaningful benchmark data that can be monitored from year to year and are free of subjectiveness. Provincial GDP, exports, employment, average salary would be good starting points. The agencies and economic people tend to avoid this concrete data since our progress is so poor. As long as fluff is accepted as progress, no one holds them accountable.

  4. Anonymous says:

    @mikel
    It actually means that more cities are paying to get listed. So it is natural that Moncton and Fredericton got “dumbed down”.
    All you have to do is look at the list of Smart21 of 2009 and you will draw the same conclusion.

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