Town of Olds Among Global Smart 21 Communities For 2018

The Smart21 announcement is the first stage in ICF's annual Intelligent Community Awards cycle. Based on Intelligent Community Index questionnaires submitted by communities large and small from around the world, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) selects 21 finalists with the potential to become one of the Forum's Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year. The Smart21 list is announced at least 60 days before the selection of the Top7 and promoted to the world's media by ICF and the communities involved.

The Town of Olds has been named one of the Global Smart 21 Communities for 2018 by the Intelligent Community Forum.
Executive Director of the Olds Institute Mitch Thompson says they are thrilled to be acknowledged as a smart community.
Thompson adds the qualifications include broadband connectivity, developing knowledge of a workforce, digital equality and access to information communication technology.
He says the Olds Institute's Connected Community Committee has been focused for many years on encouraging people to adopt smart practices and new technology to make their lives better.
The Olds Institute with its many committees submitted the application to the Intelligent Community Forum.
Thompson adds a number of communities from Canada, the U.S, France, Taiwan, and Australia are also part of the top 21 list.
He says the OI is looking forward to see what other communities are doing and learn from them as well.
The Intelligent Community Forum will continue to narrow down the top 7 and eventually the most intelligent community of the year will be announced in London on June 5th-7th 2018.
He adds 160 communities that have received this acknowledgement over the last dozen years or so.
According to ICF, gaining a place among the year's Smart21 is considered a badge of honor as well as the first step greater recognition as an Intelligent Community positioned to  prosper in the broadband economy.

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