The City of Riverside has earned a distinction that only five other communities in the United States received.
Mayor of Riverside and Chair of Smart Riversideâ€™s Board of Directors Ron Loveridge celebrated this extraordinary accomplishment saying, â€œThe Smart21 designation is a significant honor recognizing that Riverside is a world leader in innovation and municipal technologies.â€
The Smart21 Communities Award specifically cited Mayor Loveridgeâ€™s focus and leadership on technology initiatives which has produced a plan for tech-based transformation. Other achievements contributing to the award include partnerships with the City and universities to develop tech parks, incubators, business accelerations and mentoring programs; fiber and wireless networks reaching 80 percent of the City, and innovative programs that connect citizens with technology.
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City named one of 21 smartest in world
Riverside has been named one of 21 cities worldwide to receive the Smart21 Communities award.
New York-based think tank The Intelligent Community Forum recognized the city for its commitment to broadband, innovation, knowledge-economy, municipal WiFi, Digital Inclusion Program, SmartRiverside technology initiatives, e-waste processing, and collaboration with universities and CEOs.
Riverside shares the distinction with Dundee, Scotland; Tel Aviv, Israel; Ottawa, Canada; and Tallinn, Estonia.
The think tank seeks to share the best practices of communities in adapting to a broadband economy. For more information, go to www.intelligentcommunity.org