“The opportunity presented by smarter cities is the opportunity of sustainable prosperity.” -IBM Smarter Cities Project
Countries worldwide are facing the complex and costly task of overhauling and replacing their public infrastructure-roads, bridges, sewer, water, and other essential systems. Everywhere governments are looking for new innovative solutions that will make infrastructure systems last longer, cost less to operate, and generate the most value in terms of allowing economies to grow. At the centre of this challenge are the communities that will drive growth by providing regional service hubs for people and businesses.
Communities of Tomorrow is positioning Saskatchewan as a global leader in this field of municipal infrastructure innovation, by creating Canada’s first infrastructure innovation hub. We are bringing together industry firms, municipalities, research organizations, and other stakeholders to find and develop new, smarter, infrastructure solutions.
There is no competitive barrier that can stop Saskatchewan from being the best in the world at making our infrastructure smarter and more innovative. The result will be strong urban centres driving growth in their regions, and readying themselves for a sustained period of prosperity. In addition, Saskatchewan will be home to an innovative infrastructure cluster of companies, in the same way it has become an ag bio-tech centre and an energy technology centre. Our companies will be tapping an estimated $20 trillion world market for infrastructure products and services.
The mandate of Communities of Tomorrow is to facilitate the process of developing and implementing smart, innovative infrastructure solutions in Saskatchewan to prepare for our new era of sustained growth.
We are working directly with municipalities to understand their needs, and bringing them together with the companies and research organizations that can provide smart, innovative solutions through our Municipal Innovation Network.
We are investing in the development, testing, and commercialization of innovative infrastructure products and services through the Municipal Infrastructure Innovation Fund and the Leveraged Municipal Innovation Fund.
Communities of Tomorrow continues to build new partnerships and working groups in order to assist Saskatchewan municipalities to become smarter and more innovative communities, to provide for the needs of a growing economy in the future. If you see your community, company, or organization fitting into that mission, please contact us.