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Hilliard Among Top 21 Smart Communities in the World

Posted February 23, 2023 in Economic Development by Andrea Litchfield

The City of Hilliard has been named one of the world’s top smart cities, earning a spot in the Intelligent Community Forum’s (ICF) Smart21 communities.

Today’s announcement comes as part of the ICF 2023 Intelligent Communities of the Year Award program, which recognizes communities that demonstrate best practices in broadband implementation, workforce development, digital inclusion, innovation, advocacy, and sustainability.

Hilliard City Manager Michelle Crandall attributed part of the City’s success to its construction of the HiFiO fiber-optic network and consistent integration of smart technology into the city’s infrastructure.

The City has also partnered with Converge Technologies on the creation of Hilliard City Lab, a private-public technology testbed that leverages City resources to help high-tech businesses create, test, and launch innovative solutions.

The City hopes to be named one of ICF’s Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year when that announcement is made this summer.

“Winning a place among this year’s Smart21 communities is an incredible badge of honor and puts the City of Hilliard in the global spotlight,” Crandall said. “Hilliard is connected, smart, and sustainable. We’re excited to show others how HiFiO and Hilliard City Lab are providing services that improve the quality of life for our residents and help companies turn their ideas into reality.”

Additionally, City of Hilliard Chief Information Officer Duane Powell served on a roundtable panel at the ICF Smart 21 conference, discussing how to attract broadband investment.
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The entire list of communities named in the 2023 Smart21 include:

  • Assai County, Parana, Brazil
  • Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
  • Binh Duong Smart City, Vietnam
  • Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
  • Coral Gables, Florida, USA
  • Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
  • Defiance, Ohio, USA
  • Doral, Florida, USA
  • Durham Region, Ontario, Canada
  • Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Fairfield/Jefferson County, Iowa, USA
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Greater Geelong, Victoria, Australia
  • Grey County, Ontario, Canada
  • Hilliard, Ohio, USA
  • Pickering, Ontario, Canada
  • Ponta Grossa, Parana, Brazil
  • Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
  • Townsville, Queensland, Australia
  • Whanganul, New Zealand