The Mitchell Daily Republic is reporting Mitchell did not win the Intelligent Community of the Year:
TORONTO — Mitchell was not named the Intelligent Community of the Year on Thursday night.
The city was named one of the Intelligent Community Forum's Top7 localities in the world earlier this year, but Mitchell did not get the distinction as the overall winner.
Thirteen Mitchell representatives attended the ICF summit from this week in Toronto to share the city's story and network with other technologically progressive cities.
Columbus, Ohio, was named the overall winner.
Other cities up for the award, in no particular order, were Arlington County, Va.; Ipswich, Queensland, Australia; New Taipei, Taiwan; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.Mitchell's 13-member group includes CEO of Innovative Systems Roger Musick, Jacki Miskimins, Mitchell Area Development Corporation, Vantage Point's Dusty Johnson, Mitchell Technical Institute's Greg Von Wald and Julie Brookbank, Dakota Wesleyan University's Lori Essig, Mitchell City Councilman Steve Rice, Mitchell Telecom's Scott Peper, Chamber of Commerce President Gwenda Koch, Mayor Ken Tracy, City Administrator Stephanie Ellwein, Chamber of Commerce's Sonya Moller and Mitchell Area Development Corporation's Bryan Hisel.
That was on page 3. Last week-end the Mitchell paper ran a huge front-page promotional piece that started out with this:
The city of Mitchell now has the chance to showcase itself on a global stage.
After being named one of the Intelligent Community Forum's Top7 localities in the world, 13 Mitchell representatives are headed to the ICF summit from June 8-12 in Toronto to share the city's story and network with other technologically progressive cities.
"I can't wait for the global audience to hear their story," said Lou Zacharilla, co-founder of the ICF.
An award ceremony for the top community caps off a week-long summit event, but the Mitchell contingent and Zacharilla said the benefits of the summit extend far beyond the recognition one city or region will receive as the Intelligent Community of the Year.
Jacki Miskimins, with Mitchell Area Development Corporation, played a large role in the intelligent community application process, and is one of the 13 people going to the summit to represent Mitchell.
Zacharilla said Mitchell has an international stage to tell its story and showcase its successes. With that stage and access to other intelligent communities comes knowledge spillover from interaction with fellow Top7 nominees.
According to Zacharilla, the international stage offers Mitchell access to business opportunities that it may not have had without ICF recognition.
"All things being considered, if you have the choice between going to an intelligent community and going to one that's just average, we think you should be in an intelligent community because you'll do better," Zacharilla said.
Miskimins said the common ground provided by the ICF presents an opportunity to reach out to other technologically savvy communities to learn ideas and best practices and perhaps apply those to Mitchell.
Roger Musick, CEO of Innovative Systems and one of the 13 people representing Mitchell at the summit, said the opportunity to share ideas with the six other intelligent communities is beneficial to the economic and technological development of the city.
"To me, the most important thing we're doing is visiting with other cities to learn what other cities have done to continue to enhance their community," Musick said. "It does give us a chance to showcase Mitchell on a world stage, but I think the most important thing is learning from other communities."
Sounds like this is a really great opportunity for the entire Mitchell community, but is it? Note Roger Musick, CEO of Innovative Systems is the man pushing this propaganda program:
Musick was told of the ICF in 2012 after discussions with a friend about the amount of high technology businesses in Mitchell, which led to a suggestion that Mitchell apply for Intelligent Community of the Year. Musick did his research on the organization, then brought the idea to Hisel. Since then, Mitchell has twice been named a Smart21 community and rose into the Top7 for 2015.
Musick has been involved in Mitchell's application process since the beginning, participating in discussions and brainstorming sessions on how to showcase Mitchell's best features.
Each year, the city embarks on a weeks-long process to compile data and reach out to community leaders to construct the best possible application. Miskimins said there were a few long nights throughout the application process, but it was worth the effort.
Roger Musick's business interest is the biggest beneficiary. And Miskimins' position in Mitchell Development Corporation is being funded by South Dakota taxpayers via the governor's workforce development movement:
A total of at least $1 million in matching state grants will be provided to communities who develop cooperative workforce initiatives, Daugaard said. It was announced at the event that Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Jacki Miskimins will leave her position Oct. 1 to begin work as the regional workforce coordinator for the Mitchell Area Development Corp. In her new position, Miskimins will work within the community to develop and implement a strategy to build the region's workforce and support the area's employment opportunities.
Miskimins has the "cooperative" angle down:
Collaboration is one of the distinguishing factors the ICF uses to determine the most successful intelligent communities.
"Because we're small, we get to collaborate," said Miskimins. "When your population isn't as big, the opportunities are. We can do things that impact every single person."
Collaboration between the city and business leaders has led to greater planning for Mitchell's future. Zacharilla said urban and regional planning was at the core of this year's Intelligent Community theme.
"I think some of the planning that had been done there and executed on had pushed them up," Zacharilla said.
Zacharilla said the top community will be chosen by qualitative and quantitative measures. The qualitative piece is conducted by a jury pool of about 200 that features academics, CEOs and other community activists. The quantitative aspect uses differences in population and municipal budgets, to adjust for what Zacharilla called "degree of difficulty." These two measures will determine the Intelligent Community of the Year, which will be announced on June 11.
As I pointed out during my run for the Mitchell School Board, the collaboration among governmental, education, and business via the Chamber board and Development Corporation board has created conflicts of interests that has set up a legal system of corruption where taxpayers' money end up in certain, and usually larger, business owners pockets. Dusty Johnson publically supported my opponent for school board. Kevin Kenkel, who is the librarian for Dakota Weslyan's McGovern Center. DWU is a key component to the Mitchell Oligarchy.
At the Toronto conference Dusty Johnson joins Musick and Miskimins:
Top7 Intelligent Community Conversation: Mitchell, South Dakota, USA
Roger Musick, CEO, Innovative Systems; Dusty Johnson, Vice President, Vantage Point Solutions; Jacki Miskimins, Workforce Coordinator, Mitchell Area Development Corporation, interviewed by Louis Zacharilla.
I first met Dusty in 2002 when he was part of the SDGOP Victory Team. He has taught me a lot. He taught me how the SDGOP puts up a conservative front, but are as much involved with the tax and spend liberalism as are the Democrats. I also learned that he is among the Master Class, and I never was, nor will I become a member. I am happy to be among the Slave Class whose role is to work for the Masters. Our job is to pay taxes, so that crony capitalism has its funding. That is the result of implementing the so-called "Progressive" agenda.