The Intelligent Community Forum recently selected the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2013. Columbus, Ohio is the only one on the list from the United States. Here are a few of the reasons the organization highlighted as part of their decision:
With an economically and racially diverse population, [Columbus, Ohio] trails the US average in terms of per capita income, but has America’s highest concentration of Fortune 1000 companies per capita.
The city has led in job creation over the past decade,, adding 15,000 net new jobs while much of the rest of the state has struggled with industrial decline and home foreclosures.
Being the state capital has helped, but the success of Columbus has been forged through collaboration among city government, academic institutions, businesses and nonprofits.
Government has reduced spending in the recession but also raised taxes to fund development. That includes investments in workforce development to meet the needs of advanced manufacturing, logistics and information technology companies.
Business and institutional leaders have created nonprofits that engage in downtown development, education, healthcare and cultural projects.
Columbus has traditionally struggled to commercialize technologies created in its schools and universities, but a public-private venture called TechColumbus is working effectively to leverage the region’s research and technology assets into startup companies.
Ohio State University has re-energized its technology transfer office and holds monthly forms for entrepreneurs, while joining forces with Ohio University to create a venture capital fund.
Manufacturing remains challenged: regional employment in that sector declined 30% from 2001 to 2011. But manufacturing productivity has increased 43% per employee and the region is seeing a dramatic rise in job openings for advanced manufacturing, automation, electronics, robotics and industrial design.
Having added 29,000 new jobs from 2010 to 2012, the Columbus metro region is one of few old industrial regions to reverse a “brain drain” and show net in-migration for the first time in decades.
The other cities on the list include:
- Oulu, Finland
- Stratford, Ontario, Canada
- Taichung City, Taiwan
- Tallinn, Estonia
- Taoyuan County, Taiwan
- Toronto Ontario, Canada
A ceremony will take place on June 7 in New York City to honor the Intelligent Communities of the Year.
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