Hamilton business incubator SODA Inc has caught the eye of the US National Business Incubation Association.
According to NBIA president emeritus Dinah Adkins, SODA is full of committed, passionate and inspiring prople.
She led an international delegation to SODA as part of the Incubation Conference in Auckland.
Mayor Julie Hardaker said Hamilton was one of New Zealand's fastest-growing cities.
She spoke at the 2011 Digital Industry Forum about how Hamilton would become a smarter city in the future.
Many of its economic development projects this year would focus on that digital industry strategy, she said.