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City Named ICF Smart21 Community

Post Date:10/22/2019 8:15 PM

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is again recognizing the City of Westerville as a Global Smart21 Community. The ICF announced this distinction for the year 2020 at a conference in Rochester, N.Y. on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Next, Westerville and other Smart21 communities begin a more in-depth application process to be named to the list of 2020 Top7 Intelligent Communities. Last year, Westerville became the first city to be named to the Smart21 and Top7 lists on the first attempt.

According to the ICF website, Smart Communities understand the challenges of a global economy and have taken conscious steps to create an ecosystem capable of prospering in it.  Westerville has built a legacy of embracing innovation. From its role in the Underground Railroad to becoming the home of WeConnect (the nation’s first municipally owned data center), The Point at Otterbein University and more. 

The ICF evaluates communities on the basis of their performance in six key indicators:  broadband connectivity, knowledge workforce, innovation, digital equality, sustainability and advocacy.  

The cities of Columbus and Dublin have previously been recognized as Smart21 communities.

For more information on the Smart21 or the ICF, visit

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