Dublin has twice been named a top seven Intelligent Community, and more honors are coming next month when a city staffer receives honors from the Intelligent Community Forum.

Dublin has twice been named a top seven Intelligent Community, and more honors are coming next month when a city staffer receives honors from the Intelligent Community Forum.

Deputy City Manager and Economic Development Director Dana McDaniel will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Intelligent Community Forum June 7. It is an award given out only twice before.

"The recognition is well-deserved," City Manager Marsha Grigsby.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is give by the Intelligent Community Forum founders to people who "quietly and tirelessly dedicate their careers to improving their communities in ways that exemplify the global Intelligent Community movement," a news release from the group said.

McDaniel has worked for Dublin since 1988 and in his time he has brought several companies to the city and helped establish the city's fiber network, DubLink.

"As one of the broadband economy architects of DubLink, a crowning achievement among so many others, Dana McDaniel extended Dublin's connectivity and its influence throughout the region," Intelligent Community Forum co-founder Lou Zacharilla said in the news release.

"Over a remarkable career he has carried out his duties and succeeded beyond all expectations with extraordinary humility," Zacharilla said.

"We are in awe of his accomplishments. He is someone from whom ICF learns daily."

"I was pretty shocked to get the call from Louis Zacharilla," McDaniel said last week.

"This is the third time they've given the award in the history of the (Intelligent Community Forum)."

In addition to putting DubLink in place and using it to lure companies to Dublin, McDaniel has also established the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center and helped create a 24-square mile WiFi network. McDaniel also helped found the Central Ohio Research Network with the Ohio Academic Research Network and Ohio Supercomputer Center.

"It's not about me," he said of the award. "It's really about the team."

The Lifetime Achievement Award was first given in 2006 to William G. Hutchison of Canada for his work as the founding chairman of CANARIE, a company that made the world's longest national broadband communications network.

Another Lifetime Achievement Award was given in 2007 to Sunderland, England. The community was honored for transforming from a shipbuilding port in decline to one of the most attractive business locations in the country.

McDaniel will receive his award at the Intelligent Community Forum's annual summit in New York June 7.