Coast is named in top 21
THE Sunshine Coast has again been named a Smart21 community for 2018 by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), during the 4th Annual Next Gen Tech Conference in New York City.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the announcement was a wonderful achievement that identified our region as one of the top 21 communities in the world.
“The announcement means more than just being a semi-finalist for an international award,” Cr Jamieson said.
“The Smart21 represent the best models of economic, social and cultural development in the digital age as judged by ICF and a team of independent analysts.
“It’s an excellent outcome that continues to support our region and our economy as being healthy, smart and creative.”
Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre CEO Mark Paddenburg said it was a great outcome for the Sunshine Coast which supported the existing collaborations within the industry.
“Being short-listed again as a Smart21 community helps to reinforce the Sunshine Coast’s strong reputation as a dynamic hub for innovation and entrepreneurship,” Mr Paddenburg said.
Cr Jamieson said the region’s game-changer projects clearly demonstrated the benefits of using smart technologies.
“The Sunshine Coast Solar Farm which was recently opened will offset 100% of council’s electricity consumption from clean energy and the new Maroochydore CBD will use Australia’s first high-tech, automated waste collection system to deliver smart solutions and cost savings for our community.”
The Smart21 Communities of 2018 include cities and countries from Canada, the USA, Taiwan, Australia, Finland and France.