Cochrane’s Mayor and CAO are thinking big when it comes to the Town’s Smart Cities Challenge application.
It might be easier to compete for the one prize of up to $5 million (open to communities with populations under 30,000), or one of two $10 million (for communities under 50,000), but Mayor Jeff Genung and CAO Dave Devana want to compete for the big prize of $50 million.
“We shouldn’t be afraid to compete with Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary or Waterloo,” says Mayor Genung. “And $50 million would go farther in Cochrane compared to those bigger centres.”
Dave Devana agrees. “Cochrane has a lot of advantages, even though we’re smaller,” he says. “When we can partner with technology world leaders like 4iiii Innovations and Garmin — who are based in our community — it doesn’t matter how big we are.”
The Town is holding a public engagement session Thursday March 1 at 7 pm at the Cochrane Alliance Church to get Cochranites involved in the Smart Cities Challenge submission. There will also be an opportunity to contribute online on at LetsTalkCochrane.ca between March 2 and March 13.
The Smart Cities Challenge is an Infrastructure Canada competition to help communities become healthier, more inclusive and liveable. By challenging communities to use data and connected technologies to address their most pressing problems, the Smart Cities Challenge is encouraging innovation and supporting communities.
The Smart Cities Challenge submission deadline is April 24. Finalists will be announced this summer.