The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) has recognized Nelson as one of the world’s top Intelligent Communities with a population under 50,000.
Nelson ranked No. 5 of 10 communities identified, and 100s of communities considered, by ICF in their new Future by Numbers rankings of Intelligent Communities. The rankings are based on ICF’s global data set using information provided by communities that had previously applied to become Intelligent Communities.
The ICF recognized Nelson in its 2017 Smart21 Cities ranking. Since then, Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership (NAEDP) has been working on projects to help move Nelson up the rankings, with the goal of making it into ICF’s Top 7 list by 2020. Intelligent Community are judged based on their broadband deployment and use, workforce development, innovation, digital inclusion and advocacy.
Andrea Wilkey, Executive Director of Community Futures Central Kootenay says, “This is another welcomed recognition that the steps NAEDP has taken to create a connected, innovative technology sector has Nelson well positioned for prosperity.”
Tom Thompson Executive Director of The Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce says, “broadband is a powerful, competitive tool that isn’t just for large cities and tech hubs, it offers small communities like Nelson the ability to move from the rural fringe to being a key player in connecting new companies, products, and services to global markets.”
For a complete list of the top 10 Intelligent Communities with populations under 50,000 go to:
The NAEDP is a partnership between the City of Nelson, Community Futures Central Kootenay, the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce and RDCK Areas E and F. The partnership’s goal is to take a unified approach to community economic development initiatives for the city and region.