Enterprise Mobility: Austin, Texas, Riverside, Calif., Among World`s Most Intelligent Cities

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2012-01-26 Print this article Print
Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

To address a workforce challenge, Austin established a program that puts college enrollment managers into public schools to guide the choices made by students. The program has helped boost the graduation rate for low-income students 14 percentage points to 75 percent.
Austin, Texas, joined counterparts from across the globe-including Finland, Canada and Taiwan-as the most intelligent cities in the world, according to the Intelligent Community Forum. The think tank recently rolled out its 2012 Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year list, saying that the cities provide a model of economic and social development in the 21st century using information and communications technology (ICT) to power growth, address social challenges and preserve and promote culture. Two cities in the United States and three in Canada made this year's list, along with one city each in Europe and Asia. The following communities, drawn from the Smart21 of 2012, were named the top seven based on analysis of their nominations by a team of independent academic experts. Each of the communities has created a "uniquely powerful ecosystem on a foundation of information and communications technology, said ICF co-founder Louis Zacharilla. "By becoming platforms for innovation, they are creating a better life for citizens on all rungs of the economic ladder and a vibrant future for the next generation, Zacharilla said.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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