Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:18

City of Swift Current takes leadership role on infrastructure challenge

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The City of Swift Current has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Communities of Tomorrow which commits the City to work with other municipalities to develop innovative infrastructure in Saskatchewan. Swift Current is one of 14 major centres in the province to sign onto the Municipal Innovation Network.

"Municipal infrastructure is one of the biggest challenges facing Saskatchewan cities. As one of Saskatchewan's most dynamic and fastest-growing cities, Swift Current has a responsibility to show leadership to other communities. We are proud and excited to support the work of Communities of Tomorrow. By helping to find better, more efficient ways to build and operate our infrastructure, this investment will pay dividends down the road for the citizens of Swift Current." said Mayor James Wilson.

Communities of Tomorrow is positioning Saskatchewan as a leader in the field of municipal infrastructure innovation by developing Canada’s first infrastructure innovation hub. Through collaboration with industry firms, municipalities and various stakeholders, CT is transforming infrastructure ideas into practical solutions for the growing multi-trillion dollar world infrastructure market.

“Saskatchewan businesses are grasping this opportunity to develop and market new products and services,” said Communities of Tomorrow President, John Lee. “Municipalities are benefiting from direct cost savings, improved infrastructure solutions, and local economic development for their communities.”

The MOU partners will participate in the new Leveraged Municipal Innovation Fund launched by Communities of Tomorrow. Saskatoon and Regina will each invest $50,000 in the fund. A group of smaller cities including Swift Current will collectively invest an additional $50,000. The resulting $150,000 will be matched by Communities of Tomorrow, resulting in a total fund of $300,000, to be used for new projects that will directly impact municipal infrastructure.

The Leveraged Municipal Innovation Fund is a part of the Municipal Innovation Network established by Communities of Tomorrow, which brings together municipalities, private sector companies, and Saskatchewan’s research community to collaborate on the development of new infrastructure products and services.

“We can lead the world in developing smarter, more efficient infrastructure solutions,” said John Lee. “The economic development opportunity is enormous with the global infrastructure market estimated to be a trillion dollars within five years, and perhaps as much as $20 trillion within 20 years.”

Municipalities signing the MOU to support the Municipal Innovation Network include: Saskatoon, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Melfort, Meadow Lake, Weyburn, Moose Jaw, Humboldt, Estevan, Kindersley, Regina, Swift Current, Martensville, and Yorkton.

Communities of Tomorrow is supported by Enterprise Saskatchewan.

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