The annual list compiled by the ICF judges cities based on information and communications technology innovation, economic growth and quality of life.
Toronto received the auspicious place in the top seven for the Waterfront Toronto revitalization project, which includes the urban village development, Canary District and condo development, River City. The massive undertaking involves re-mediating huge swaths of brownfield zones.
Other Toronto-based organizations that helped the city reach the top seven were the MaRS Discovery District, the Center for Global eHealth Innovation and the Toronto Fashion Incubator.
Stratford, Ontario also received a coveted spot in the top seven list for its quality of life and leveraging of ICT to transform its economy. 2013 marks Stratford’s second consecutive year being named to the top seven. Toronto hasn’t been included in the list since 2005.
The ICF is a non-profit policy research organization that focuses on job creation and economic development in the broadband economy.
The top seven was rounded out by: Columbus, Ohio; Oulu, Finland; Taichung City, Taiwan; Tallinn, Estonia; Taoyuan Country, Taiwan.