The Intelligent Community Forum named the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2014. This year the Smart21 is comprised of six communities from Canada, four from both Australia and the United States, three from Taiwan and one each from Kenya, Greece, Brazil and New Zealand. The communities range in size from 15,000 people in Mitchell, USA to more than six million in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Boyd Cohen published a ranging the top 10 cities in North America in Fast Company’s Co.Exist website. The list includes cities which push the envelope of technology, sustainability, and better living conditions.
CEOs for Cities published an updated version of the City Vitals research, which looks at a broad range of metrics in the 51 largest metro regions of the United States to equip them with the means to become more competitive and vibrant—using measurements from the solid, such as college attainment, to the less easily defined weirdness index or Internet search variety.
A new startup called Revelstone, offers web-based analytics software that allows both cities and towns to track their operating performance and benchmark with other local governments, reports Ariel Schwartz.
Barcelona technology leaders are developing what they call a City Protocol, in order to measure a city’s “IQ”, by evaluating both the efficiency and quality of city projects, processes and policies in a way that promotes progress with sustainability in mind.
The Intelligent Community Forum just named its 2012 Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the year in Honolulu, Hawaii. The ICF’s Top Seven are communities that provide a model of economic