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Montréal named “Intelligent Community of the Year”

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In Montréal, we’d like to think we’re more than just a pretty face. Sure we’ve got handsome cobblestone streets, colourful maple trees and marvellous circus performers. But we’d also like to think we’re smart — and one international organization agrees.

In Praise of Urban Development

Headquartered in New York, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is a non-profit research organization dedicated to the study of 21st century city development. The independent think tank is dedicated to job creation and the development of the digital economy.

Last week, the ICF chose Montréal as the “Intelligent Community of the Year.” Our fair city was selected from seven finalists at the annual summit of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) in Columbus, Ohio. The award salutes the accomplishment of communities in developing inclusive prosperity on a foundation of information and communications technology.

“Our jury believed that Montréal played the innovation game at the highest possible level,” said ICF Co-Founder Lou Zacharilla. “The City has found perhaps the strongest link and example of how to go from the revolution of technology to the new Renaissance that we believe cities can enter. Montréal never strayed far from the DNA that gave the world Cirque de Soleil and a powerful games industry. It has continued to invest in innovative urban statements such as the Quartier des Spectacles, where broadband and ICT, in our view, play the proper role in enabling the economic and human expression of culture.”

Montréal joins other distinguished award winners, including Stockholm, New York, Singapore and Eindhoven.

Our Local Plan of Action

The 2015-2017 Montreal Smart and Digital City Action Plan has introduced 70 projects divided into six programs. The projects were chosen based on their direct impact on the population, the return on investment and production deadline. The full action plan is available online.

 

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