Danville named as a top 21 “Smart Community”

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Danville is among six U.S. localities named to a list of the Smart21 Communities of 2011. 

The New-York based Intelligent Community Forum released its list Thursday, the first stage of its international competition.  The Top Seven Intelligence Communities are named in January, with the competition culminating in June with the selection of the winner. 

Besides Danville, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Dakota County, Minn.;  Dublin, Ohio; Northeast Ohio, and Riverside, Calif. made the 2011 list.  Bristol, Va., was the only American City named to the 2009 top seven list in recognition of its pioneering work in municipal broadband.

The ICF is a think tank that seeks to share the best practices of the world’s intelligent communities as they adapt to an emerging broadband economy. It picks a theme each year to guide its nominations.  The 2011 theme is “Health in the Intelligent Community.” 

In a release, the ICF said that the top 21 communities are showing innovative approaches to the delivery of better care, particularly through educational networks and universities, both physical and virtual ones. Overall, the 2011 group includes communities from 12 nations in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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