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Robert Bell lays out the case for intelligent communities--cities like Austin that go beyond the application of ICT for greater efficiency to using technology to improve education levels and train up their workforce for the knowledge-based digital economy.

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Intelligent communities, on the other hand, generate more economic energy. The goal is not simply to create new process efficiencies, but new ICT-based industries and jobs.

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