ARLINGTON, Va. — Arlington has been named one of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities in the world for 2015 by the Intelligent Community Forum. The Top 7 list included cities and towns from 5 different nations, including three communities from the United States, one from Australia, one from Brazil, one from Canada, and one from Taiwan. This is the third time Arlington has achieved the Top 7 ranking.
“We’re honored to have Arlington once again listed among these successful communities from around the globe,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “It is gratifying to have the Intelligent Community Forum recognize Arlington's commitment to economic sustainability."
The Intelligent Community Forum highlighted the County’s ConnectArlington dark fiber network, public-private partnerships, and urban village redevelopment plans as efforts that earned the County’s Top 7 status.
Hundreds of communities evaluated
In order to qualify as a Top 7 Intelligent Community, these cities and regions first needed to become an Intelligent Community Forum Smart21 Intelligent Community. The Smart21, named in October 2014, were chosen from more than 400 evaluated communities from around the world.
Candidates are evaluated based on the five Intelligent Community Indicators, which provide the conceptual framework for understanding all of the factors that determine a community's competitiveness and point to its success in what the Intelligent Community Forum calls, “The Broadband Economy.” In addition, the Intelligent Community Awards Program is guided by an annual theme, which in 2015 is The Revolutionary Community. This is an attempt to study and to have a global dialogue about urban and regional planning and how it is impacting the way people live, work and create in their cities and towns.
"This group represents a range of different approaches and planning strategies,” said ICF co-founder Louis Zacharilla. “Each is ‘revolutionary’ in its own way, and each has planned its future in a way that is consistent with its cultural identity, while using universally available digital tools and broadband technology. As we have seen each year, cities, towns and regions that continue to work with these tools and concepts transform themselves from ‘smart’ to ‘intelligent,’ which is how real sustainable growth and investment will arrive."
About the Intelligent Community Forum
The Intelligent Community Forum is a think tank that studies economic and social development. The organization "seeks to share the best practices of the world's Intelligent Communities in adapting to the demands of the broadband economy, in order to help communities everywhere find sustainable renewal and growth."
The Intelligent Community Forum Awards Program concludes in Toronto in June 2015 during the Intelligent Community Forum’s Annual Summit, when one of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities will be named the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year.
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world -- including the Pentagon -- Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.