"Top7" Westerville Evaluated
The City of Westerville was under evaluation, after being named a 2019 Top7 Intelligent Community by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) in February. ICF co-founder Robert Bell visited Westerville on Tuesday, April 23 through Thursday, April 25 to evaluate infrastructure, programs and partnerships that represent intelligent communities.
To announce its “Intelligent Community of the Year” at a global summit in June, ICF founders will conduct site assessments for each of the top seven communities. Westerville was one of only three cities in the U.S. to receive the prestigious Top7 distinction. Other recognized communities undergoing site visits are:
• Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
• Hudson, Ohio
• Sarnia-Lambton County, Ontario, Canada
• Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
• Taoyuan, Taiwan
Top7 candidates are evaluated on the “ICF Method,” which are factors related to broadband, knowledge workforce, innovation, digital equality, sustainability and advocacy.
Westerville was first named to ICF’s list of Smart21 Communities last October. The City worked closely with key community stakeholders like JP Morgan Chase, Central Ohio Primary Care (COPC), Lakeshore Cryotronics, Otterbein University, Westerville City Schools and the Westerville Public Library in the process to be named to the Top 7 list. Each organization will be represented in the site visit.
A new innovation expo to feature partner organizations and business community was the centerpiece to Westerville’s site visit. For more information on the Top7 or the ICF, visit www.intelligentcommunity.org.