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geoAMPS' home again makes Top7 Intelligent Communities list

geoAMPS’ home of Columbus, OH, was again named one of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year by the Intelligent Community Forum. That organization has selected seven communities from throughout the world for this prestigious list.

This is the second consecutive year that Columbus was chosen for the honor.
 
“All of us at geoAMPS congratulate the Columbus community on again being chosen for the Intelligent Community Forum’s Top7 list,” Yogesh Khandelwal, President and Chief Executive Officer of geoAMPS, said. “It is a distinction richly deserved.”
 
geoAMPS is located in the Columbus suburb of Powell, which is part of the Greater Columbus Metropolitan Area. geoAMPS, a rapidly growing technology company, has recommitted to basing its operations from the Columbus area by building and relocating into a new office which is more than double the square footage of its previous office.
 
“Our company is proud to call Columbus home and to contribute to its growing reputation as a center of innovation,” Yogesh said.
 
In recognizing Columbus, the Intelligent Community Forum noted that in its recovery from the 2008 recession, Columbus has 20,000 more jobs than it did at its last economic peak in 2007.
 
geoAMPS, a provider of software solutions to manage land rights and infrastructure assets, has been adding employees over recent months. The company intends to employ 15 to 20 more employees in coming weeks. The company’s new office was designed to accommodate its current needs and anticipated future growth.
 
The Top7 list includes two from the United States, three from Canada and two from Taiwan.
 
"This year's Top7 group is unusual in that they represent only three nations. However, they collectively are a canvas that represents our movement. Each made it to the list by demonstrating how they have begun to fuse technology, culture and collaboration for economic sustainability. They have set a new course for other cities to follow. We look forward to welcoming them to New York in June for the selection of the Intelligent Community of the Year," said Lou Zacharilla, Intelligent Community Forum co-founder as he announced the Top7 at a conference hosted in Taichung City, Taiwan, the 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year.
 
Study after study notes that cities all over the globe need solutions to a wide range of problems, from transportation and the environment to economic growth and education, Zacharilla said. Intelligent Communities like Columbus provide solutions.

In order to qualify to become a Top7 Intelligent Community, he said, Columbus and the other cities and regions represented first needed to become an Intelligent Community Forum Smart21 Intelligent Community. The Smart21, named in October 2013 were chosen from hundreds of evaluated communities from around the world.

Candidates are evaluated based on the five Intelligent Community Indicators, which provide the conceptual framework for understanding all of the factors that determine a community's competitiveness and point to its success in the broadband economy.

 
In addition, the Intelligent Community Awards Program is guided by this year’s theme, Community as Canvas, that looks at three specific aspects of culture: as art and craftwork with both economic and social value, as heritage that gives a place its identity, and as attitudes arising from that heritage that determine how people react to change.
 
The Intelligent Community Forum Awards Program concludes in New York City in June 2014 during the Intelligent Community Forum’s Annual Summit, where one of the Top7 Intelligent Communities will succeed Taichung City, Taiwan, as 2014 Intelligent Community of the Year. 
 
The Intelligent Community Forum studies and promotes the best practices of the world's Intelligent Communities as they adapt to the demands and seize the opportunities presented by information and communications technology (ICT). To help communities build prosperous economies, solve social problems and enrich local cultures, the Intelligent Community Forum conducts research, hosts events, publishes newsletters and books and produces its high-profile international awards program. 
 
Over more than a decade, the Intelligent Community Forum has become an international movement that attracts the attention of global leaders, thinkers, and media observers. The Intelligent Community Foundation consists of 126 cities and regions that have been designated as Intelligent Communities and which participate in an ongoing global dialogue to strengthen local economies.
 
Dan Liggett is Communications and Public Relations Manager of geoAMPS. For more information about geoAMPS, call 614-389-4871 or visit www.geoamps.com.
 
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