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05/31/2004 - Intelligent Community Award Scheduled for June

Almost exactly one year ago, a group of hard working volunteers completed and submitted the nomination package for Spokane for World's Intelligent Community of the Year. In December, the Intelligent Community Forum announced that Spokane was one of seven finalists, and the only United States community in the seven. The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is a project of the World Teleport Association.

The 2003 intelligent community finalists included seven top cities from seven different countries. They were Glasgow, Scotland; Spokane, Washington; Sunderland, United Kingdom; Taipei, Taiwan ROC; Victoria, Australia; Western Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada; and Yokosuka, Japan.

As an Intelligent Community, Spokane has hundreds of accomplishments and measurable results. Perhaps more important are the multitude of ideas, projects, and innovations planned for the future. Since December, Spokane has created the largest and most powerful downtown wireless network in the United States, and probably the world. Robin Toth, economic development specialist with the City of Spokane, has kept the Intelligent Community Forum apprised of all of Spokane's "intelligent accomplishments" since December.

Finally, in April, 2004, Spokane was sent one more form to complete. This was a 12-page, spreadsheet style questionnaire covering such topics as Broadband Infrastructure, Education and Training, Digital Democracy, Innovation, and Marketing. The volunteers spent many more hours completing the questionnaire. The questionnaire was created and administered by E&B DATA, in Montreal, Canada, which had been selected by the Intelligent Community Forum.

The number one Intelligent Community in the World will be announced at the Intelligent Community Conference and Awards 2004, held on June 10-11, 2004 in New York City. The Intelligent Community award, along with the Intelligent Building, Intelligent Community Technology, and Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year awards will be presented at the Intelligent Community Awards Luncheon at 12:00 noon EDT on Friday, June 11. Kim Pearman-Gillman, Senior Vice President, Avista Development, Inc., Robin Toth, and Tom Power, Fernwell Building will represent Spokane. Pearman-Gilman is also a presenter on the panel, "Do's and Don'ts of Economic Development Marketing for the Intelligent Community." Where public-sector marketing experts will share their experience in marketing the assets of the Intelligent Community in order to attract companies and investors and create a positive "buzz."

The Spokane Intelligent Community nominating team was headed by Kim Pearman-Gillman, of Avista and formerly the City of Spokane, and Steve Simmons, Professor at EWU, and founder of the Terabyte Triangle. The Spokane Intelligent Communities Nomination Work Team included the Terabyte Triangle, Avista Corp., Billie Moreland and Associates, ILF Media, Klundt Hosmer Design, CSK Communications, INTEC, INHS, Spokane School District 81, NextIT, Technet, the Downtown Spokane Partnership, the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce, SIRTI, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University Spokane, AHANA, and the City of Spokane.

To learn more about Spokane's nomination, see: To learn more about the Intelligent Community Forum, see:

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