One of the programs called out by ICF was the 2004 launch of a high tech taskforce to identify ways to channel California’s high-tech growth into the community. The high tech taskforce produced a comprehensive report on ways for the city to augment technology and spur innovation in the area. Additionally, Riverside’s Technology CEO Forum and SmartRiverside were recognized. Other highlighted accomplishments included the establishment of the University Research Park, the free WIFI network which offers up to 1 Mbps service through 1,600 access points, e-government applications such as traffic management, graffiti tracking and removal, and Riverside’s the Digital Inclusion program.
ICF, based in New York, N.Y., is dedicated to the growth of broadband technology in communities worldwide. Each year, seven communities are recognized for achieving key markers of success in the 21st century, including: high technology, workforce development, digital inclusion, arts, innovation, collaboration and social capital.
The other six communities named to this year’s Top Seven Intelligent Communities are:
- Austin, Texas (another public power city)
- Oulu, Finland
- Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
- Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
- Stratford, Ontario, Canada
- Taichung City, Taiwan