Smart cities use data and technology to create efficiencies, improve sustainability, create economic development, and enhance quality of life factors for people living and working in the city.
Inspired by the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge the Cities of Nelson, Castlegar, Trail and Rossland, and surrounding regional district areas have partnered with economic development practitioners and technology entrepreneurs to explore ways our communities can use technology to address some of our biggest challenges. Members of the group have gathered feedback from their respective communities on challenges where data & technology can be utilized to overcome barriers in our rural area.
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“This all began as a conversation with our mayor in Rossland”, says Darin Recchi of Thoughtexchange – a Rossland-based software company. “Thinking about how we could use technology to address our biggest challenges in the community inspired us to reach out to the other municipalities and to Selkirk College. We quickly realized the similarities between our municipalities and the benefits of tackling this challenge as a group.”
A session facilitated by Selkirk College’s Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI) was held in March 2018 to identify priority challenge areas and to envision possible technology solutions. The session built on feedback obtained from close to 100 residents. The overarching themes that emerged were related to transportation and connecting ourselves to each other and the world.
“We have a great opportunity in front of us,“ says Andrea Wilkey of Community Futures, “to work together to access federal resources to support our region to use technology to improve our quality of life whether that be to improve transportation, create jobs or improve supports/services to residents. The Smart Cities Challenge funding could help us bring those opportunities to fruition.”
Smart Kootenay partners are now working with the RDI to develop a proposal to be submitted to the Government of Canada in time for the Smart Cities Challenge application April 24 deadline.
To learn about the Smart Kootenays initiative please visit: www.smartkootenays.cbrdi.ca.