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The Intelligent Community Forum, a global network of cities and regions with a think tank at its center, this week featured Rochester and Prospect, South Australia.

The featuring of these two communities from its SMART21 Community of 2017 class comes roughly a week before the Intelligent Community Top7 is slated to be named in Taipei, Taiwan, on Feb. 9.

The group of 21, which was announced in October, reflects cities with commitments to both “smart city” development and the Intelligent Community movement. They were chosen using a half-dozen intelligent community indicators: broadband, knowledge workforce, innovation, digital equality, sustainability and advocacy, ICF explains.

This year’s class contains seven communities from Canada, five from Taiwan and four from Australia, and one each from Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The group was selected from nearly 400 contenders.

The Intelligent Community of the Year is to be named at the Intelligent Community Summit and Awards Dinner in New York City on June 8.

You’re probably looking for tons of info about Prospect in Australia, but let’s focus on Rochester.

The feature gives a brief history of “one of America’s original boomtowns.” It mentions the Rochester area has given birth to such famed companies as Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, Xerox and Western Union.

It also notes the city suffered from corporate downsizing and restructuring, and its population fell from a 1950 high of 330,000 to 210,500 by 2010. It lists UR, RIT, MCC and, a bit oddly, Cornell, among its pillars of strength. It highlights UR as the area’s largest employer and an economic engine. It talks of efforts to build a network of private and nonprofit partnerships to diversify its economy and credits organizations such as High Tech Rochester and Greater Rochester Enterprise for helping create startups based on UR.

It does look at some of the challenges as well, such as the high rate of poverty and efforts to combat it.

The full profile appears at www.intelligentcommunity.org/rochester_new_york.

Go Falcons!

The Distillery Restaurants are having some fun on Super Bowl Sunday while rooting for the underdog—and against the Buffalo Bills’ nemesis.

The five Distillery Restaurant locations in Rochester and Syracuse will be giving its customers the opportunity to eat for free if the Atlanta Falcons can stop the New England Patriots from a fifth Super Bowl Ring and take their first Super Bowl win home to Atlanta.

The Distillery is betting Atlanta can stops Tom Brady and the New England Patriots and will reward its customers watching the game with them a free meal.

2/3/2017 (c) 2017 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

 

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