A City of the Future 

For Immediate Release
6/20/2013 
Contact: Robin Matthews-Osmond, Executive Assistant to the Mayor 
Phone: 519-759-4150 

The City of Brantford Takes Next Steps in Building a Community of the 21st Century

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Albert Einstein.

Today Mayor Chris Friel officially announced the City’s commitment toward becoming a Smart City - Intelligent Community.

Louis Zacharilla, co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), spoke to key community builders and stakeholders at a Mayor’s luncheon held at the Brantford Golf and Country Club. Attendees learned about the rise of intelligent communities worldwide and what it means to Brantford to be a part of it. Mr. Zacharilla identified what an intelligent community is and is not.  

“Cities that have strategies to include talent generation and retention have the most success in attracting investment and new jobs,” said. Mr. Zacharilla. His presentation outlined the steps Brantford would need to take moving forward to ensure the community’s future and longevity in a broadband-based economy.

“Brantford continues to reinvent itself from the old industrial economy and embracing the Smart City - Intelligent Community philosophy is the next step along that path,” stated Mayor Friel. “A more diversified economy will create more stability and make us better able to adapt to global market fluctuations.”

This luncheon is the first step in engaging community partners to embrace and champion the community wide success of this initiative. Council has asked the City’s Economic Development Advisory Committee to lead the initiative in concert with community partners including local post-secondary institutions, Brantford-Brant Chamber of Commerce, and the Grand Erie Workforce Planning Board.

In addition to the keynote speaker, Colleen Miller of Colleen E. Miller Enterprises Inc., led the group in an exciting and engaging interactive session to determine just how ready our community is to pursue the Smart City – Intelligent Community designation.

By pursuing the Smart City – Intelligent Community designation, Brantford aims to create prosperity, stability and cultural meaning in a global economy where jobs, investment and progress increasingly depend on a broadband economy.

The ultimate goal of the initiative, similar to “Communities in Bloom,” is to make application to be recognized by the ICF as an Intelligent Community. To date, 119 cities across the world have received this designation, including 18 in Canada.

Brantford aims to become the next.