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Kingston to show off its Serious Smarts in Toronto

April 7, 2014 -

Being one of the world's Top7 Smart communities has already attracted positive attention for Kingston, which has been invited to present at this week's Smart Cities summit in Toronto.

Kingston has been named as one of the top seven most "intelligent" communities in the world by the New York-based Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

Kingston's Smart Cities presentation will highlight many of the same Seriously Smart aspects of our community shown to ICF's founder Lou Zacharilla, when he was in town to tour Kingston in March, including: our knowledge workforce, broadband economy, innovation, digital inclusion, advocacy and use of culture as a canvas.  See www.seriouslysmartkingston.com for more on what makes us Smart and how being Smart builds economies and connects communities.

Zacharilla's colleague, Norm Jacknis, a Senior ICF Fellow, will be the keynote speaker at Queen's Monieson Centre's 2014 Economic Revitalization Conference tomorrow.

The ICF evaluates a community's intelligence by looking at how it has seized the opportunities presented by broadband and information and communications technology to create economic, social and cultural opportunities.

The winning community will be announced in New York in early June.  Kingston and Toronto are both contenders along with Winnipeg and four other global communities. 

Watch for the Kingston campaign to continue with an upcoming invitation to citizens to share what makes living here so Seriously Smart at #YGK #SeriouslySmart.

Last year, Kingston was named a Top 21 Intelligent Community and Taichung City, Taiwan was named the Intelligent Community of the Year.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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