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NEW YORK , NY — The Intelligent Community Forum has announced that Eindhoven, Netherlands Mayor Rob van Gijzel is the new chairman of the ICF Foundation effective immediately. Mayor van Gijzel replaces outgoing inaugural chair Mayor Brenda Halloran, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
"Our world is in transition: socially, culturally, politically and environmentally. We need new answers to worldwide questions like safety, healthy aging, sustainable energy, mobility, food and nutrition,” says Mayor van Gijzel adding that, “ In Brainport Eindhoven Region in the Netherlands we strongly believe that collaboration, open innovation, and combining creativity with technological findings are the values that will lead us to new solutions. As Albert Einstein once said: ‘We can't solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used creating them’. The ICF is a connector. It is of the most importance to strengthen the bond between intelligent communities throughout the world. Collaboration between the current and the future members of the ICF Foundation will have a positive spin-off, not only for the regions themselves but for the rest of the world."
The ICF Foundation is the nonprofit association of the Intelligent Community Forum. Its members are the communities honored by the Forum’s international awards program as Intelligent Communities, which use information and communications technology to grow prosperous, inclusive, sustainable economies. The global network created by the ICFF communities boosts their economic competitiveness, social health and cultural strength through close and effective collaboration
“On behalf of the ICF and the entire Alumni of Intelligent Communities around the world as well as the ICFF membership, I would like to thank City of Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran for her inaugural Chairmanship of the ICFF over the past two years. I would also like to welcome the incoming Chairman, Eindhoven Mayor Rob van Gijzel, who championed Brainport’s rise to the Intelligent Community of the Year in 2011. I am certain with Mayor Gijzel’s leadership, ICFF will move to the next level as it continues to gain members and raise greater awareness of the importance of the Intelligent Community movement in helping to create the best communities for its citizens the world over,” said ICF Co-founder John Jung.
The ICF is also pleased to announce that past Chairs and Presidents will stay on with the Foundation and hold a special emeritus status. Mayor Halloran will be the first person to join the Foundation’s Honorary Board.
The Intelligent Community Forum seeks to share the best practices of the world's Intelligent Communities in adapting to the demands of what it calls “the Broadband Economy” by conducting research, hosting events, publishing books and newsletters and producing its high profile international awards program. ICF’s mission to make “place” align with prosperity has drawn the attention of global leaders and thinkers everywhere. The ICF Foundation consists of more than 100 communities, cities and regions that have been globally designated as Intelligent Communities and which participate in an ongoing dialogue to strengthen local economies
Rob van Gijzel is the current Mayor of Eindhoven, the fifth largest city in the Netherlands. Rob van Gijzel studied pedagogy and andragogy before going to work for the Dutch Labour Party at the European Parliament in 1980. He has held different positions for the Dutch Labour Party including chairman for the Young Socialists and chairman of the division Amsterdam.
In 1989, Van Gijzel became a Member of Parliament for the Dutch Labour Party. He held positions as Spokesman for Foreign Affairs, for Spatial Planning, and for Transport, Public Works and Water Management. Van Gijzel was chairman of the standing committee of Finance.
Source : ICF Foundation