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May 14, 2019

Local event will announce Smart Cities Challenge winner!

The Region is hosting an event on May 14, 2019 at the Tannery building in Kitchener where Smart Waterloo Region supporters and partners can watch the live awards ceremony happening in Ottawa.

“I am thrilled that the application submitted by the Region and area municipalities in 2018 got us shortlisted as one of five cities competing for the $50 million grant,” said Karen Redman, Regional Chair. Infrastructure Canada will announce the winner Tuesday afternoon.

Smart Cities Challenge competitors were asked to define a community issue, then combine data and technologies to improve government services and citizen welfare around that issue. Based on citizen input, the Region and area municipalities chose to focus on healthy children and youth as the challenge. “If we win, we’ll become the best community for kids in Canada,” said Redman.

Our Smart Cities team worked with over 50 local partners and held more than 35 input sessions. Working directly with children and youth; technology firms; school boards; community services; government; Indigenous people and more, the team generated over 40 solutions to improve young people’s well-being. Particularly in areas of childhood development, literacy, mental/emotional health and belonging.

Over 200 local supporters have been invited to celebrate all that Smart Waterloo Region has accomplished, hear project highlights, witness the live award announcement and celebrate a win – with or without the cash prize. “Regardless of the outcome, we’re already a winner given the new relationships that have forged, reaching all corners of our region,” said Redman.

Visit smartwr.ca for more information and follow @SmartWatRegion on Instagram and Twitter to hear the big news.

Date: May 14, 2019

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
Location: 151 Charles St W, Kitchener

Media/Photo Opportunities:

-Interview opportunities with: local Mayors and youth advisory committee members.

-Presentation by Mike Murray, CAO, Region of Waterloo.

-Comments from Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky and North Dumfries Mayor Sue Foxton.

-Project highlights video and livestream of award announcement from Ottawa.









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