Intelligent Community Forum (IFC) named Waterloo, Ontario, Canada as recipient of its 2007 Intelligent Community of the Year award. The city of 115,000 people is the smallest, geographically speaking, of seven cities that make up Canada’s Technology Triangle. But with only 10% of the labor force in the Triangle, it accounts for 45% of job growth and is home to 40% of the high-tech firms in the region.
This study, by Sybille Reichert of the European University Association, examines the role of universities in the emergence of “knowledge regions” and their relationship with the business sector.The study outlines important factors for the successful future development of higher education institutions based on the study of four European city regions – Barcelona, Brno, Manchester and Øresund.
Four new cities are under development in the western part of Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Rabigh, on the coast north of Jeddah, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Mousaed’s Economic City (PABMEC) near Hail, Knowledge Economic City in Al-Madinah (KECM), and Jizan Economic City (JEC).
Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) is focusing on the creation of a high-tech environment that can attract international investors (offering a ‘world class’ physical and information infrastructure, plus attractive financial incentives) and create a multiplier effect in the Malaysian economy.
Urban leaders seeking success in the new economy should stop paying attention to ubiquitous city rankings and start focusing their attentions on four dimensions of success: talent, innovation, connections and distinctiveness. CityVitals lays out the rationale for the things cities must be really good at doing today and a new set of metrics — 20 in all — to measure their progress.