Tallinn, Estonia (PRWEB) February 18, 2009
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, was named as one of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities of 2009 by ICF (Intelligent Community Forum - http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=Top7_2009) at a ceremony on 21 January during PTC'09, the annual conference of the Pacific Telecommunications Council in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
The top seven, representing communities that have come to understand the importance of Broadband Economy, was chosen based on analysis of nominations by a team of independent academic experts.
Tallinn (http://www.tourism.tallinn.ee/eng), which has quickly risen from the post-Soviet economic ruin to become an economic tiger, was chosen a Top Seven Intelligent Community for the third time and shares this honour side by side with such big cities as Bristol in Virginia, USA, Stockholm in Sweden and Issy-les-Moulineaux in France. Making creative use of people and funding, Tallinn computerized its schools and deployed widespread WiFi as well as nearly 700 public access kiosks. The city also developed a large-scale digital skills training program, extensive e-government, and an award-winning smart ID card. Through partnerships, it developed high-tech parks including Ülemiste City, Tallinn Technology Park and Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre. Rated #2 worldwide for economic potential by the Financial Times, Tallinn is home to half of Estonia's companies, which receive 77% of the country's foreign direct investment. Tallinn's leaders are now focusing on attracting and fostering talent, building partnerships, internationalization and even faster innovation.
The Top Seven Intelligent Communities of 2009 are Bristol, Virginia, USA; Eindhoven, Netherlands; Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada; Issy-les-Moulineaux, France; Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada; Stockholm, Sweden and Tallinn, Estonia (http://www.visitestonia.com).