IT Martini, City Leaders Mark the Selection of Columbus as Top7 Intelligent Community at Innovation Reception

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The reception highlights Columbus tech innovations, community collaboration as the only U.S. city selected this year

The Top7 Intelligent Community designation helps to reaffirm what we already know and spread the word around the world, that Columbus is the place for IT professionals.

City of Columbus officials and IT Martini, a company that creates nationally recognized events for IT professionals, are partnering to host The Columbus Innovation Reception on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at the Columbus Museum of Art from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to celebrate Columbus’ selection as a Top7 Intelligent Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Columbus is the only U.S. city to be selected for the Top7 round and is now in the running to become the 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year.

The reception welcomes Robert Bell, co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum, alongside public, business, and community leaders for the presentation of the Top7 Intelligent Community Award. The collaboration of leaders across all sectors of the city is what has made the innovation that has taken place in Columbus possible, Gary Cavin, director and CIO of the Department of Technology for the City of Columbus said.

“[The Top7 selection] is very exciting,” Cavin said. “It [applying for the Intelligent Community selection] is a very involved process. The time was really spent creating partnerships and identifying great organizations to work with. That was the best part - and the longest.”

Columbus’ cutting edge mobile application and investment in fiber-optic infrastructure to create “the most networked city in the nation” is just the latest in the city’s long history of tech innovation.

“The City of Columbus is an open and smart community that is investing in innovative partnerships to create a climate for growth in the tech sector,” said Council President Ginther.    “The Top7 Intelligent Community designation helps to reaffirm what we already know and spread the word around the world, that Columbus is the place for IT professionals.”

According to the Intelligent Community Forum, “the Top7 represent models of economic and social transformation in the 21st Century...Each exemplifies best practices in broadband deployment and use, workforce development, innovation, digital inclusion and advocacy that offer lessons to regions, cities, towns and villages around the world. They are charting new paths to lasting prosperity for their citizens, businesses and institutions.”

“Columbus has been a hotbed of technology and innovation for decades, yet it is only in the last ten years that the city has garnered significant international attention,” John Bishop, co-founder, CEO and chief editor of IT Martini said. “The talent is here, the assets are here - it was only a matter of time before the world learned what top companies and universities already know - Columbus is one of the best communities for tech.”

The Columbus Innovation Reception takes place on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at the Columbus Museum of Art from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, however, registration is required. Full details and event registration are available at http://www.columbusinnovationreception.com.

About IT Martini:

IT Martini was founded by John Bishop and Aladin Gohar, two IT professionals who wanted a better IT community. Starting in 2008, they began hosting conference style events for IT communities across the Midwest. They also launched IT Martini Weekly, a web newsletter featuring influential IT leaders sharing their perspectives and engaging IT professionals in the worldwide IT community. To date, tens of thousands of IT professionals have connected socially and grown professionally with their IT community through IT Martini.

About the Intelligent Community Forum:

The Intelligent Community Forum is a think tank that studies the economic and social development of the 21st Century community. ICF seeks to share the best practices of the world's Intelligent Communities in adapting to the demands of the Broadband Economy, in order to help communities everywhere find sustainable renewal and growth.

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