Re­gion a smart cities fi­nal­ist

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

Water­loo Re­gion is a fi­nal­ist in the fed­eral govern­ment’s Smart Cities Chal­lenge, mov­ing on for a shot at a $50-mil­lion grant.

The re­gion and its seven lower-tier mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties split the cost on rolling the dice for the fund­ing (Wool­wich’s share of the cost was $2,000, for in­stance), and as fi­nal­ists will re­ceive $250,000 to help with the next, more de­tailed ap­pli­ca­tion for the prize money.

The re­gion se­lected “Healthy Chil­dren and Youth” as its com­mu­nity chal­lenge area, fo­cussing its bid on projects that meet that goal.

Sum­maries of the fi­nal­ists’ ap­pli­ca­tions, along with their chal­lenge state­ments and the eval­u­a­tion cri­te­ria are posted on the Im­pact Canada web­site (im­pact­canada.ca). Each fi­nal­ist will re­ceive a grant of $250,000 to fur­ther de­velop their in­no­va­tive ideas into fi­nal pro­pos­als that out­line all de­sign, plan­ning, pri­vacy, data pro­tec­tion and project man­age­ment com­po­nents of their plans. The win­ners will be an­nounced in spring 2019.

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