Waterloo named as a Top ‘Intelligent Community’


Waterloo, Ont. has been named one of the world’s top seven “intelligent communities” for 2006. The communities were announced by the Intelligent Community Forum, a think-tank that focuses on job creation and economic development in the broadband economy. John Jung, the chairman of the ICF, said Waterloo met all of the organization’s criteria for an intelligent community.

“The city of Waterloo and the region of Waterloo are well-known worldwide not only for its excellence in education through the University of Waterloo,” Jung said.

“But also because of the many entrepreneurs that are located there. Of course you know RIM and the BlackBerry.”

The Waterloo-based Research in Motion is a global leader in wireless messaging, thanks to the BlackBerry, the most popular of all such devices.

The top intelligent community was Cleveland, Ohio. The city was chosen because it used to be a poor community that built a broadband network to boost its economy. It also uses the network to deliver many government services.