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Robert Bell and Sylvie Albert explain the achievements that made Taichung this year's winner, including job creation in technology parks and precision manufacturing, a 4G wireless rollout supporting online government services, and a transformation of the city's cultural landscape, and hint at others by fellow finalists Stratford, Ontario and Tallinn.

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The backbone of the economy is made up of 1,500 small-to-mid-size precision manufacturers, who share access to an enterprise resource planning system developed in collaboration with universities and the city. Offering capabilities that none of them could individually afford, it has sharply increased their operating efficiency.

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