Surrey Named One of Top 7 Intelligent Communities Worldwide
Last week, the Intelligent Community Forum think tank announced the “Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2015.” Representing Canada, Surrey, BC was selected as a first-time recipient.
The Top7 list includes cities and towns from 5 different nations – three communities from the United States, one from Australia, one from Brazil, one from Canada, and one from Taiwan.
The other six Top7 Intelligent Communities are:
- Arlington County, Virginia, USA
- Columbus, Ohio, USA
- Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
- Mitchell, South Dakota, USA
- New Taipei City, Taiwan
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
According to the ICF, “Surrey is a city in transition from a suburban past in the shadow of Vancouver to a sustainable urban future. To gain greater control over its destiny, Surrey has developed a diversification strategy calling for deepening the partnership between its institutions of higher learning and local business. Development is focused on an Innovation Boulevard project, where the city, universities and business are building clusters in health technology, clean tech and advanced manufacturing. Overseeing the project is the Mayor’s Health Technology Working Group, comprised of 50 representatives from universities, a health authority, nonprofits, business associations, government and developers.”