Lo­cal coun­ties an­nounced as fi­nal­ists in Smart City Chal­lenge

The McLeod River Post - - Viewpoint -

Jim Eglin­ski, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Yel­low­head, is pleased to in­form res­i­dents that the fi­nal­ists of In­fra­struc­ture Canada’s Smart City Chal­lenge have been an­nounced.

In Novem­ber 2017, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment chal­lenged com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try to de­velop bold and am­bi­tious ideas to im­prove the lives of their res­i­dents us­ing data and con­nected tech­nol­ogy.

Over 200 com­mu­ni­ties, large and small, from across Canada sub­mit­ted their ideas to the Smart Cities Chal­lenge. An in­de­pen­dent panel of 13 jury mem­bers eval­u­ated these sub­mis­sions and has se­lected twenty fi­nal­ists.

“I was ex­cited to learn that four of our very own coun­ties have been se­lected to move on to the next step of the chal­lenge,” stated MP Eglin­ski.

Park­land, Brazeau, Lac Ste Anne and Yel­low­head Coun­ties all teamed to­gether to sub­mit a pro­posal that would help their “agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity to re­vi­tal­ize and grow through the con­nec­tion of peo­ple to the land and food while at­tract­ing cit­i­zens to share in its pros­per­ous, in­no­va­tive and re­silient way of life.”

The coun­ties’ sub­mis­sion is one of ten in the prize cat­e­gor y for up to $ 10 mil­lion that was open to com­mu­ni­ties with pop­u­la­tions un­der 500,000 peo­ple. Out of the ten fi­nal­ists in this cat­e­gory, two will be se­lected. In the next and fi­nal stage, each ap­pli­cant group will re­ceive a $ 250,000 grant to help de­velop its fi­nal pro­posal that out­line all de­sign, plan­ning, pri­vacy, data pro­tec­tion and project man­age­ment com­po­nents of their plans. The grant can be used for ac­tiv­i­ties such as staffing, pro­fes­sional ser­vices, fea­si­bil­ity as­sess­ments, ca­pac­ity build­ing, pi­lot projects, com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and communications, data, and rel­e­vant train­ing. The win­ners are ex­pected to be an­nounced in the spring of 2019.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to our coun­ties on their grant and the best of luck in this fi­nal stage of the chal­lenge!” con­cluded MP Eglin­ski. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: https:// im­pact. canada. ca/ en/ chal­lenges/ smart- cities

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