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12/01/2003 - Spokane Named USA's Most Intelligent City for 2003

The top seven Intelligent Communities in the World for 2003 -- selected by the Intelligent Community Forum --- was announced in New York City on December 1, 2003. Spokane was one of the top seven Intelligent Communities, and the only United States community in the seven. Spokane named its campaign "The Terabyte Tapestry." The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is a project of the World Teleport Association.

As an Intelligent Community, Spokane has hundreds of accomplishments and measurable results. However, the items listed here are a representative sample of the many things that have been accomplished to date. More important are the multitude of ideas, projects, and innovations planned for the future. Spokane is not only Intelligent today, it plans to remain on the cutting edge far into the future.

The 2003 top seven intelligent communities included Glasgow, Scotland; Spokane, Washington; Sunderland, United Kingdom; Taipei, Taiwan ROC; Victoria, Australia; Western Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada; and Yokosuka, Japan. The ICF has a number of "Intelligent Community" indicators that demonstrate that being "intelligent" takes more than "being wired"

The Indicators include:
Significant deployment of broadband communications infrastructure. The infrastructure must include businesses, government facilities and residences. Spokane has an abundance of optical fiber, high speed copper, and wireless connectivity.
Effective education, training and work force development that builds a labor force able to perform "knowledge work." Spokane has this with its EMAN, VPnet connecting all of Spokane-based higher educational institutions, INTEC, and the Information Technologies Academy and Biotechnologies Academy.
Government and private-sector programs to overcome the "digital divide". The Inland Northwest Community Access Network (TINCAN), which has operated here since 1992, is Spokane's foremost example of "digital divide" work.
Innovation in the public and private sectors, ranging from e-government initiatives and efforts to create economic "clusters" through risk capital development to fuel economic growth. Spokane really excels in these areas. We have the Terabyte Triangle, Inland Northwest Health Services; and many historic buildings have been retrofitted with the latest in connectivity. The City of Spokane and Spokane County uses our abundance of connectivity for services as diverse as transportation, aid to the homeless, and the Geographic Information System used by emergency response vehicles. Our sports, arts and entertainment sectors use the connectivity available to them to time Bloomsday, to keep track of Hoopfest teams, and share historical data digitally at the Museum of Arts and Culture. Even the Big Brothers and Big Sisters bingo hall is wired.
Effective economic development marketing that leverages the community's broadband, labor and other assets to attract new employers. Spokane's "future is so bright, you have to wear shades." SIRTI, INTEC and the San Diego Connection, the University District, VPnet, and the Hogan Entrepreneurial Center, along with a number of Angel and Venture capital firms are leading Spokane into the solidly based economic future.

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