Smart towns look after the baby boomers

If you want to know you'll be looked after during and after your career then check out the 21 smartest communities on the planet: they're all delivering care and health support in clever ways.

The 21 names on the Smart21 Communities list 2011, as chosen by the Intelligent Community Forum, are all cities or towns with good connectivity, transport and all-round joined-upness to support their thriving knowledge industries.

This year, the ICF think-tank made the list based on the theme of "Health in the Intelligent Community".

And here they are:

• Birmingham, UK

• Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

• Chongqing, China

• Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil

• Dakota County, Minnesota, USA

• Danville, Virginia, USA

• Dublin, Ohio, USA

• Eindhoven, Netherlands

• Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

• Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

• Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

• Northeast Ohio, USA

• Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

• Riverside, California, USA

• Shanghai, China

• Sopron, Hungary

• Stratford, Ontario, Canada

• Taoyuan County, Taiwan

• Trikala, Greece

• Windsor-Essex, Ontario, Canada

• Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Smart21 Communities of 2011 "have shown moving and innovative approaches to the delivery of better care as well as an increase in productivity and elimination of unnecessary costs".

These developments take on ever-increasing importance at a time when the Baby Boom generation is entering its elder years and costs are expected to rise as a result.  

At the same time, they are promoting the growth of highly competitive clusters of companies in traditional healthcare as well as emerging fields in which information and communications technology are used to improve quality, transparency and productivity in healthcare and life sciences.  

"This year's Smart21 are using educational networks and universities - both physical and virtual ones - in more innovative ways,” said ICF Co-founder Louis Zacharilla during the announcement ceremony in South Korea. 

The Smart21 announcement is the first stage of ICF's annual Intelligent Community Awards cycle.  It is followed by the naming of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year, selected from among the 21. The Top Seven announcement will be made on January 19, 2011 at the annual Pacific Telecommunications Council conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. The cycle concludes in New York City on June 3, 2011, during ICF’s annual Building the Broadband Economy Summit, where one of the Top Seven will succeed Suwon as Intelligent Community of the Year 2011.

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