Smart Ipswich shines on global stage in Toronto
IPSWICH is set to benefit from partnerships with global technological and investment leaders after being showcased on the world stage this week at the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) annual awards.
Ipswich was a finalist in the New York-based think tank's Top 7 Intelligent Communities of 2015 awards, where the winning city of Columbus, Ohio was announced in Toronto on Thursday night.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale attended the June 8-12 ICF world summit where he was invited on the organisation's board, the first Australian to achieve such an honour.
While Ipswich didn't win the top gong, Cr Pisasale said the city would reap immense rewards from relationships formed with global leaders in their fields.
"Ipswich is very well respected globally and they gave us heaps of praise for what we have been able to achieve in just our first year in the top seven," he told the QT from Toronto.
"Columbus have been in the top seven for four years in a row and they deserved to win it, but I will be coming back with so many ideas about how to improve the city and I now have global partners wanting to help me."
Cr Pisasale said the ICF would be holding meetings in Ipswich in future and workshops and seminars to help the city prosper.
He intends to unveil some of his future plans when he returned but said he learned one key theme from the week.
"The most important thing is that every person in Ipswich matters and can play a role in our quality of life," he said.
"I want people in Ipswich to take on that positive attitude and be very proud now that we are a showcase to the world. What we have to do is continue to shine until we become number one."
ICF president John Jung visited Ipswich last month where he was full of praise for the innovative city.
"A couple of things are outstanding here," Mr Jung said.
"There is a real 'get it done' attitude, and the leadership here, the community and the partners in the private and institutional sector...all actually collaborate."