Their area of interest is the local community, both large and small, in the developing and developed economies of the world. ICF conducts research, creates conference content, publishes information and presents annual awards, all in an effort to:
Identify and explain the emergence of the broadband economy and its impact at the local level.
Research and share best practices by communities in adapting to the changing economic environment and positioning their citizens and businesses to prosper.
Celebrate the achievements of communities that have overcome challenges to claim a place in the economy of the 21st century.
Robert Bell came to Cleveland recently to announce that Northeast Ohio is one of the 7 finalists for the 2008 Intelligent Community of the Year and to honor OneCommunity CEO Scot Rourke as its 2008 Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year.
The other 2008 Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year are:
Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Gangnam District, Seoul, South Korea
Westchester County, New York, USA
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
In this 2-part interview, Robert Bell explains what the global broadband economy is all about and why it is so important to communities. In such an economy, geography is less important - "nobody needs to come here and nobody needs to stay" - so regions face dismal prospects if they don't adapt.
Robert Bell video explaining Cleveland's Challenge
What happens if a community does not adapt?
Mr. Bell discusses how the broadband economy will affect a rust belt region in particular and what it all means to the digital divide.
He also touches on the unique challenges and opportunities that Cleveland has. He explains why Northeast Ohio, because of OneCommunity, is one of the 2008 Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year and why CEO Scot Rourke was named 2008 Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year.