County officials will travel to Taiwan for competition

Sarnia Lambton delegation includes Warden

A delegation comprised of representatives from Sarnia-Lambton will travel to Taipei, Taiwan next month with the goal of having the community named to the prestigious Intelligent Community “Top7.”

The designation is awarded by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), a global network of cities and regions whose mission is to help communities use information and communications technology to create inclusive prosperity, tackle social and governance challenges and enrich their quality of life.

Sarnia-Lambton was successful in reaching the SMART 21 stage of ICF’s international competition, named among the top 21 communities worldwide from a pool of nearly 400 submissions.  The SMART 21 phase of the competition will see Sarnia-Lambton compete against six other communities from Canada, five from Taiwan, four from Australia, and one each from Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  The Sarnia-Lambton delegation will be in Taiwan for the announcement and related business opportunities February 3 – 11.  The Top7 will move on to compete for the title of Intelligent Community of the Year, which will be announced in New York City this June.

“Participation in a competition of this caliber speaks to the tremendous advancements made in both the local public and private sectors,” said Lambton County Warden Bill Weber.  “The projects referenced in Sarnia-Lambton’s submission demonstrate our community’s willingness to take leadership roles in the development of cutting edge, customized solutions that meet specific and anticipated needs identified locally.”

“Investing in technology and innovation and leveraging the power of digital networks is critical to moving Sarnia-Lambton’s economy forward and to provide more cost effective and efficient government service delivery,” said Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership General Manager George Mallay.

Participating communities complete a detailed questionnaire based on ICF’s Intelligent Community Indicators:  broadband, knowledge workforce, innovation, digital equality, sustainability and advocacy.  An international academic team of analysts reviews and scores submissions based on dozens of factors.

For more information on the ICF, visit intelligentcommunity.org.

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