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Columbus among world’s 7 smartest cities

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus is one of the seventh smartest cities in the world and the most intelligent in the US, according to rankings from a think tank that advocates for greater high-tech access and promotes global education.

The Intelligent Communities Forum announced Wednesday its annual list of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities of the Year, and Columbus is the only US city on the list.

The organization cited workforce development efforts by Columbus State Community College, Battelle Memorial Institute’s STEM education and workforce development networks; Metro High School, the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the newly launched Per Scholas.

The seven cities include three from North America, two from Taiwan and two from Europe and were selected from among the Smart21 of 2013, a list Columbus was added to in October for the second consecutive year.

The ICF judges intelligent communities based on accessibility to broadband, digital inclusion and innovation.

Columbus will now go on to compete for honors as the Intelligent Community of the Year for 2013 which will be announced in June.

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