THE Sunshine Coast has been recognised as one of many Top7 Clever Communities of 2019, sharing the worldwide highlight with communities from Canada, Taiwan and the USA together with Chicago.
The announcement made in a single day by the Clever Group Discussion board in Quebec, Canada, acknowledges these communities which exemplify finest practices in broadband deployment and use, workforce growth, innovation, digital inclusion, sustainability and advocacy.
The one Australian metropolis being named at this elite degree, the Sunshine Coast is now a contender for the distinguished Clever Group of the 12 months title to be introduced in New York in June.
Mayor Mark Jamieson stated the Top7 was a big achievement for the whole group and consultant of not solely council’s funding in game-changer tasks such because the worldwide broadband submarine community and a 15mw photo voltaic farm, but additionally many different initiatives.
“A protracted-term technique delivered in true partnership with group, schooling and trade leaders over a few years demonstrates that collaboration is vital for fulfillment,” Mayor Jamieson stated.
“These awards, backed by the strong judging standards, display the depth of dedication and keenness all of us have for this area and our wholesome, sensible and inventive imaginative and prescient.”
The worldwide Clever Group Discussion board awards program evaluated tons of of communities from the world over and highlighted those who utilise expertise, not simply to be extra environment friendly, however to broaden alternatives and construct sustainable prosperity for extra of their residents.
Mayor Jamieson stated this 12 months’s theme of Infinite Studying was particularly essential to the Sunshine Coast area, as ongoing funding in expertise and expertise was essential to getting ready the area’s workforce with the information and expertise they want to achieve a world market.
“From our Robocoast nationwide robotics champions, to Mountain Creek Excessive’s Coding and Innovation Hub instructor coaching, to Technology Innovation youth startup packages and the Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards, we’re all supporting our younger individuals put together for the roles of the long run,” he stated.
“We even have a thriving ecosystem of education schemes, enterprise incubators, co-working areas and advocacy occasions which actively assist and encourage innovation, new concepts, entrepreneurs and startups.
“Our local people will share within the ongoing advantages from being recognised on a world stage.
“Not solely do these awards present further publicity to worldwide expertise and funding alternatives, additionally they present entry to a world community of different progressive cities and communities, the place we will proceed to be taught and share finest apply.
“As a Top7 clever group, the Sunshine Coast will obtain vital media protection each domestically and internationally which can assist profile our area and its enterprise alternatives to the world.”
Proprietor and founding father of Sunshine Coast helicopter modification enterprise, Helimods, Will Shrapnel stated this award was testomony to the exceptional work being undertaken within the area.
“I imagine the Sunshine Coast is able to internet hosting essentially the most superior and technology-intensive industries on the earth. I additionally imagine that revolutionary and progressive corporations that select to speculate on this area will achieve a permanent and growing aggressive benefit over their city-only counterparts,” Mr Shrapnel stated.
“The Prime 7 is a unbelievable achievement. Nice information for enterprise and the group!”
Clever Group Discussion board judges will now go to every Top7 winner to achieve first-hand perception into the important thing elements in the neighborhood’s success, with one group chosen because the Clever Group of the 12 months in June.
The Top7 announcement follows the Sunshine Coast’s inclusion as a Sensible21 Clever Group of 2019 which included cities and counties from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Kenya, Russia, Taiwan, the USA and Vietnam. The Sensible21 signify the perfect fashions of financial, social and cultural growth within the digital age.