The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), a New York-based community-focused think tank which studies economic and social development, has announced its selections for the world’s seven leading intelligent communities. The 2015 list highlights a wide variety of infrastructure, traffic, and housing related projects and developments which have helped these communities excel in the intelligent development of urban areas. This list is based on a series of indicators the ICF adopted in 1999 when it released its first annual list of intelligent communities.

The 2015 top 7 are Arlington County, Virginia (USA), Columbus, Ohio (USA), Ipswich, Queensland (Australia), Mitchell, South Dakota (USA), New Taipei City (Taiwan), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and Surrey, British Columbia (Canada).

Among the highlighted actions in these communities are intense collaboration between government, businesses, and non-profits to spur innovation; the implementation of advanced green technologies; attracting high-tech companies; investment in the development of transport systems; increasing broadband internet access; and the development of local infrastructure.

Read more about the communities that were selected for the 2015 list at the ICF’s website 

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