Coast is named in top 21

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

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.

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