Hamilton is an Intelligent aftermath of the competition, Mayor Community, not simply because Fred Eisenberger took steps to work it was recognized by the on areas of weakness identified by ICF. Intelligent Communities Forum as one of 21 Smart Communities in the 2016 Intelligent Communities Awards, but because it recognizes these opportunities, makes plans, and works to develop broad- based opportunities for all Hamiltonians.
The Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF) is a think tank and global network of cities and regions. Nominations are evaluated across six indicators such as access to broadband, innovation, and knowledge workforce. Hamilton was selected into the “Smart21” from among more than 360 municipalities applying from around the world.
Global Hamilton led this initiative, with support from the Mayor’s Office and input from City of Hamilton staff across the corporation. In the “The Mayor’s Intelligent Community Task Force is an opportunity for our municipal government to sit down with our large institutions and talk about how we collectively move towards creating a more connected and mobilized community,” says Mayor Fred Eisenberger.“Hamilton wanted to attain a designation that looked at marketing a community in a more holistic point of view – this is why we worked to be recognized as an intelligent community rather than just a smart city.”
Specific objectives of the Mayor’s Intelligent Community Task Force include examining and assessing Hamilton’s information technology infrastructure and developing a city- wide digital strategy.
“Using our 2016 application as a benchmark, we will apply again in 2018 after doing significant work in our community. Our 2018 application will look very different from our 2016 application,” says Mayor Fred Eisenberger.“Being an Intelligent Community is part of a broader initiative by Global Hamilton to encourage international attraction of entrepreneurs and firms to Hamilton. Hamilton welcomes immigrants and newcomers because we know that they are ambitious and entrepreneurial.”
For more information on Global Hamilton, visit www.investinhamilton.ca/why-hamilton/immigrant-friendly.