A Queensland city has been named one of the most intelligent cities in the world — and it’s probably not the one you think.

Nope, it’s not Brisbane — Ipswich is one the world’s seven most intelligent cities, according to the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) in New York.

The list is announced each year by the ICF, a New York think tank that studies economic and social development.

According to this year’s list, the world’s most intelligent communities are:

  • Arlington County, Virginia (USA)
  • Columbus, Ohio (USA)
  • Ipswich, Queensland (Australia)
  • Mitchell, South Dakota (USA)
  • New Taipei City (Taiwan)
  • Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  • Surrey, British Columbia (Canada)

“ICF and our Foundation members congratulate the new Top7,” said ICF co-founder Louis Zacharilla. “Each is ‘revolutionary’ in its own way, and each has planned its future in a way that is consistent with its cultural identity, while using universally available digital tools and broadband technology.”

This is Ipswich’s first appearance on the Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year list. The city has been singled out for the following reasons:

  • In 2011, Ipswich published a 20-year economic development plan designed to combat its challenges and prepare for the ones to come.
  • When the Australian government’s National Broadband Network was announced in 2009, Ipswich partnered with local communities to create the Western Corridor National Broadband Network and attract national investment.
  • A Digital Hub project and Digital Enterprise program are equipping citizens and business with digital skills, while Ipswich begins a major redevelopment of its city centre, where digital technologies will be used to attract tenants and to improve public safety. Green standards will make the centre one of the most sustainable in Australia.

The ICF Awards Program culminates in the ICF’s Annual Summit in Toronto in June, where one of the Top7 Intelligent Communities will be named the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year. The announcement will be made on 11 June.

Ipswich would be the first Australian city to win the title. Fingers crossed…