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Culture, Broadband and Economic Development Go Hand in Hand

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The intersect between culture, broadband and economic development is important, and about to become more so as the Top 7 Intelligent Communities in the world are unveiled today by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). This international cast offers best practices in creating competitive local economies capable of excelling in a global broadband economy. 

Arlington County, VA and Columbus, OH made it to the Top 7 this year, and will attend ICF's June conference where the Intelligent Community of the Year (the best ofthe best) will be selected after special presentations from the seven communities. 

If you are harnessing broadband to boost economic development, the community's culture forms the launch pad for every program and project. Learn how culture provides intangible assets needed for success, determines how readily new ideas are accepted, educates constituents about their role in the new economy, and enables constituents to persuasively articulate the broadband vision.     

ICF Co-Founder Robert Bell joins us to describe some of  the broadband best practices that raised the Top 7 above hundreds of other communities worldwide. He also gives listeners tips on how they can assess and leverage their local cultures to help make broadband an economic engine.