Eindhoven in Top Seven Intelligent Communities in the World

Eindhoven is named top Intelligent Community in the world.

The Intelligent Community Forum named its 2011 Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year in the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu.

Eindhoven has been selected by an independent jury of academics from a list of 21 contenders. According to the ICF the Community, Eindhoven is the industrial heart of the Netherlands. The region is also praised for creating 55,000 jobs in the technology over the past ten years.

Eindhoven, Netherlands. Eindhoven (a 2009 and 2010 Top Seven community) is a metro area containing the cities of Eindhoven, Helmond and Veldhoven, which has long been the industrial heart of the Netherlands. Recent decades have not been kind to manufacturing in developed nations, but Eindhoven has kept its edge through a model public-private program called “Brainport.” This has turned the region into an open innovation platform. Executing a strategy approved by its member organizations, Brainport works to identify their strengths, weaknesses, needs and gaps, then develops joint projects using ICT to meet social challenges, sharpen citizen skills and business competitiveness, and create business opportunities that keep the income in the region. This consistent effort has added 55,000 jobs to the economy in the past 10 years, lowered unemployment below the Dutch average in most years, nearly quadrupled high-tech start-ups since 2000, and helped the region weather the financial crisis.

The ICF is an international think tank focused on economic and social development.

Of the other six Intelligent Communities in the world, there are three in the United States: Chattanooga, Tennessee, Ohio and Dublin in Riverside, California. Canada has two of the seven Intelligent Communities Stratford and Windsor-Essex. Also Issy-les-Moulineaux in France is one of the most intelligent regions in the world.

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