Chattanooga Named One of the World's Seven Most Intelligent Communities
Chattanooga, TN (January 25, 2011) – Chattanooga was recognized as one of the world’s seven smartest cities in 2011 last week by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), an economic and social development think tank that studies 21st Century growth within the global community.
Praised for leveraging some of the latest information and communications technology to spark job creation, Chattanooga joined six of the world’s most innovative cities to top 14 others considered for the accolade.
The ICF cited Chattanooga’s tremendous strides in air quality control, its transformative downtown revitalization, its improved standards for secondary education with integrated career training and its fully-accessible 1,000 megabit-per-second residential Internet service as the primary reasons it was selected as a Top Seven city.
"Being named one of the top seven smartest cities in the world is not only an honor but an incredible opportunity for Chattanooga," said Harold DePriest, president and CEO of EPB. "This recognition reinforces the great strides our community has made as well as the bright future ahead of us. It is also another example of our transformation into an extremely viable technology and innovation hub."
Two other U.S. cities – Dublin, Ohio and Riverside, California – also made the list along with communities in the Netherlands, France and Canada.
"We’re proud our achievements as a technologically-progressive city are receiving recognition of this magnitude," says Tom Edd Wilson, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Chamber. "Chattanooga has engendered outstanding transformation over the last several years by using innovative technologies to create jobs. We’ve earned our place on the international map and expect to continue making waves in the global community as we pursue further leadership in 21st Century growth."
The Intelligent Community of the Year selection process will enter its final stage in May when a team of independent academic experts visits each of the selected cities to survey their technological infrastructures and gauge the impact of each in powering growth, addressing social challenges and preserving and promoting culture. The awards cycle will end in June, when one of the seven cities visited takes the torch from last year’s winner, Suwon, South Korea, to become the 2011 Intelligent Community of the Year.